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Mark S. McCaffrey consults on climate, energy and sustainability education and has served as Climate Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education. Co-Founder of CLEAN, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network, and former Associate Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mark also helped lead the development of the Climate and Energy Literacy Frameworks. 



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"We must do everything possible to prepare the current and future generations for the climate and energy challenges we already face, building on the creative foundation that is now being laid. Integrating education, communications, and outreach, and transforming schools into living laboratories of innovation and inspiration are obvious places to begin."

Mark S. McCaffrey

Mark is available to consult with those seeking guidance in evaluating, developing and enhancing climate education, communications, and outreach efforts.

He is co-author of Climate confusion among U.S. teachers in the February 12, 2016 issue of the journal Science, and Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools. He currently is based in rural Hungary.



Corwin Press 2014

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    • Climate Smart & Energy Wise provides a roadmap to teachers to assist them in acquiring the background and resources to bring climate and energy education into their classrooms . . . It provides a wealth of information to help teachers find resources, including the very useful Climate Literacy and Energy Literacy frameworks, developed by scientists and master teachers. This book is packed with suggestions for where a teacher can find more information and classroom guidance for the teaching of global climate change." - 
      From the Foreword by Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., former Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc. and Jay B. Labov, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Education and Communication for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council 

    • "The climate change education cavalry has arrived! Climate Smart – Energy Wise: Advancing Science Literacy, Knowledge and Know-how by Mark S. McCaffrey is a must-have resource for all educators striving to increase climate and energy literacy of our K-12 student population. In a nutshell, this book is a roadmap beginning with climate and energy basics and ending with a bold ten year action plan to “tackle the climate and energy challenges of the 21st century through improved literacy and learning environments”. Along the way the reader learns best practices for teaching climate and energy issues with each chapter ending with numerous links to educational resources listed by grade level. These resources are worth the price of the book alone.
      Scott A. Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY 

    • "Climate Smart and Energy Wise is an honest and realistic take on what’s possible for the future of climate and energy education. McCaffrey’s optimism about society’s ability to cope with the alarming reality of global change is founded on the potential of our educational system and its ability to inform and improve students’, teachers’, and parents’ understanding of our world. McCaffrey ties the disparate aspects of climate science together. This book is a resource with many more resources within it so that educators can begin addressing climate education in their classrooms right away." 
      Laura Faye Tenenbaum, Education Specialist NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA  

    • "This is an excellent resource for all educators – from novices to master teachers – who are struggling to decide when and how to teach about climate change. It contains a well-researched and well-organized compendium of factual information and relevant concepts in both life sciences and earth sciences, along with strategies and links to diverse and detailed resources for teaching. McCaffrey has been working in the field of climate education for years, knows both the field and important players well, and presents a number of interesting new ways to present this vital information. McCaffrey also does an excellent job coordinating important facts and concepts related to climate change with new national standards, in the process, putting this material into the larger context of revitalizing and reinvigorating science education.
      Joseph Levine, Science Educator, Writer, Producer, Co-author of Biology Textbook (Pearson Press,  Boston, MA )     

    • "How do we prepare students for global change? This book envisions schools that are  “living laboratories of innovation,”that provide students with the knowledge they will need to live in a very different—and much warmer—world. The book shows how climate can act as an integrative thread bringing together science, math and “virtually any other topic or discipline and how Climate change effects every aspect of our lives.”  The book also emphasizes that we must teach about climate change through a lens of hope, focusing on the positive things we all can –and must--do. Climate literacy provides a unified concept that makes STEM education and the Next Generation Science Standards relevant through natural links to the most important issues of our time." 
      Lynne Cherry, Author, Empowering Young Voices for the Planet