Cross-Campus Climate Solutions Course: Climate Responses & Response-Ability

Dear Mountaineers,
Let’s talk about climate solutions! We invite you to join a community of students and faculty who are growing our capacity to respond in helpful and meaningful ways to the global climate emergency. 

In Spring 2024, several academic programs across campus are offering a course titled Climate Responses and Response-Ability, building on a similar effort in Spring 2022 and 2023. The course is organized around climate solutions rather than academic disciplines, and includes climate responses based in technology, ecosystem management, markets, governance, and social and cultural transformations. This elective course just might completely transform your sense of climate possibilities as well as your own place within broader climate work.

For more information, see below, share with your friends, and plan to register for a section of Climate Responses and Response-Ability! 

 -- AppState's Climate Concerned Faculty

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Course DescriptionAs the disruptions of climate change become increasingly evident, students around the world are asking important questions about how participate in the transformations necessary to secure a safe and just climate future. This course is a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral exploration of the strategies that already exist for mitigating climate change and its myriad harms to human well-being. Students will practice evaluating climate responses from the perspectives of effectiveness, justice and well-being, and will consider applications of climate solutions to specific communities and contexts.

Course Format: We will use a “flipped classroom” model. Half of the course will be asynchronous and in the form of video modules on climate solutions, the majority of which come from the University of California’s Bending the Curve project. The remaining half of the course will be synchronous. These weekly in-person class sessions will include discussion of what we learned about climate solutions in the video modules, points of connection with the associated department’s discipline(s), and applications in our region. 

Quote from a previous Climate Responses student:  “It was helpful to connect with climate concerned peers because it created a sense of community and made me realize just how many more people there are in the world who are equally concerned about climate change and are motivated to do something about it! That was reassuring and gave me hope for our future.”

Spring 2024 Sections Available: You can register for any one of these sections, regardless of your major, but you cannot take more than one section of this course, either within or across semesters.

Course #



Synchronous Class Time


BIO 2546


Todd Jackson

TR 2:00-3:15 pm


FIN 2546

Finance, Banking and Insurance

Lori Medders

(Climate Responses in Finance)

T 3:30-4:45 pm


FIN 2546

Finance, Banking and Insurance

Brandy Hadley

(Climate Responses in Finance)

W 2:00-3:15 pm


FIN 2546

Finance, Banking and Insurance

Joey Long

(Climate Responses in Law)

T 2:00-3:15 pm


GHY 3535

Geography & Planning

Colin Kelley

TR 3:30-4:45 pm


PHY 1535

Physics & Astronomy

Carla Ramsdell

W 12:00-12:50 pm


SOC 3549


Joyce Hill-Powers

T 2:00-3:15 pm


SD 2546

Sustainable Development

Laura England

W 12:30 -1:45 pm


TEC 2535

Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment

Kevin Gamble

T 11:00-12:15 pm


UCO 1200

First Year Seminar

Marta Toran

T 11:00-12:15 pm


This project was launched in Spring 2022 with support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Scholars Program, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine & Applied Arts, Beaver College of Health Sciences, Reich College of Education, Walker College of Business, and participating departments.