California Department of Fish and Wildlife

CDFW Climate College Final Project

For CDFW and TWS certification, participants are asked to submit a final project of their choosing by May 31, 2013. Those that have completed a project are invited to receive recognition for their work at the CDFW Climate College Poster Session and Awards Ceremony in June 2013 with CDFW’s executive leadership.

Why should I do a project?

The final project is an opportunity to think about what you have learned in the course and how you can apply it to support your existing work, or more broadly, the conservation of California’s natural resources. Participants are encouraged to think about how climate change might impact their current responsibilities / projects / programs as well as solutions for addressing these challenges. This is also an opportunity to do something creative or to explore a topic of interest.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit project title and type of proposal ASAP.
  • Final projects are due to climatechange@wildlife.ca.gov by May 31, 2013
  • Materials to submit as your final project:
    • The final project coversheet;  Download Coversheet Template (MS Word)
    • 1-3 page summary describing your project OR a poster summarizing your project (3X4 ft)
    • Any additional documentation as appropriate (e.g. your presentation slides, excerpt from a document where you incorporated climate change, etc.)

Sampling of Project Ideas - Get Creative!

  • Paper: Write a short paper (3-5 pages) describing climate change impacts to a species/habitat/topic of interest.
  • Collaborative project: Work with a counterpart in another agency/organization to discuss how to work together to integrate climate change into a joint project and write up plans for how you will achieve these goals
  • CDFW Climate CollegePresentation to Colleagues or Partners: Give a climate change-related presentation/brown bag to staff in your office
  • Climate integration: Incorporate climate change into an existing work project (e.g., include climate change considerations in CEQA documents and then create a template that other staff doing similar work may benefit from)

These are just a few ideas to get you started – alternative project ideas are welcome!

Please contact climatechange@wildlife.ca.gov with any questions.