Public Higher Education in Today’s Climate Crisis: A Primer for University-Community Engagement & Planning Strategies

April 17, 2024
Free Webinar 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

View the recording

With the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events continuing to increase across the country, the need for resilience planning is more critical than ever before.

Numerous campuses across the California State University (CSU) system have direct experience with wildfires, extended drought, floods, extreme heat, public safety power shutoffs, hurricanes, and sea level rise. The CSU is currently working toward increasing resilience in response to catastrophic events through systemwide technical guidance resources on building and infrastructure design and retrofit. These extreme conditions further prompted the need for vulnerability assessments systemwide and coordinated climate resilience planning and investment activities.

Using the activities of CSU climate action and adaptation planning, Wallace’s SCUP Fellows project sought to achieve three (3) primary objectives:

  1. Review planning documents and policies that consider climate resiliency governance versus climate resiliency implementation.
  2. Identify key stakeholders to develop a primer for addressing and incorporating campus-community implementation priorities.
  3. Raise awareness with the broader higher education planning community to collect feedback and share model practices.

Join 2022-2023 SCUP Fellow Tamara Wallace as she shares her findings to help you and your team proactively plan for climate change to mitigate risks, prevent damage, and ensure continued learning from lived experiences.

What This Webinar Will Cover

  • Climate Action
  • Climate Resilience and Adaptation
  • Campus-Community Engagement

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the experiences of peer institutions resulting from climate change and extreme weather events impacts.​
  2. Identify opportunities for campus and community partnerships to plan for climate resilience.​
  3. Apply model practices for strategic planning and investment in university activities that address campus adaptation and resilience.​
  4. Describe the importance of climate resiliency planning alignment between the campus and the surrounding community to create a safer, more adaptable environment.


Tamara Wallace
Assistant Director of Energy Sustainability and Transportation

CSU Office of the Chancellor