Penn State Climate Consortium awards 11 climate action workshops

Climate Solutions Accelerator

Penn State Climate Consortium announced eleven workshops designed to create and implement climate change solutions through its Climate Solutions Accelerator program.

Credit: Brenna Buck

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Climate Consortium announced the awarded workshops from its Climate Solutions Accelerator program. Eleven Penn State researchers were awarded funding to hold workshops in spring 2024 designed to engage a wide range of participants in creating and deploying climate change solutions.  

Erica Smithwick, distinguished professor of geography and director of the Climate Consortium, said these workshops are valuable investments that provide resources to research teams and burgeoning projects that may become tomorrow’s climate solutions. 

“These collaborative workshops are crucial for project success,” Smithwick said. “They enhance projects and teamwork through stronger communication and improved creativity. Workshops allow attendees to exchange ideas from diverse perspectives and boost the quality of the products that emerge.” 

As a part of its mission, the Climate Consortium launched the Climate Solutions Accelerator, a program designed to foster impactful research and bring effective climate solutions to communities in Pennsylvania and around the world. The program is designed to help launch promising projects, engage partners for real-world impact and implement place-based solutions. In 2023, Penn State researchers were invited to propose Accelerator workshops as level one of the program.  

The awarded workshops and principal investigators are: 

In spring 2024, level two of the Accelerator program will request proposals for projects. In level one, the Accelerator program offered related workshops to help develop ideas. However, having a workshop is not required to submit a proposal in level two.