Frank Niepold to Join Governor Inslee in Town Hall Webinar

  • 17 September 2021

Event date: 9/22/2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Export event

Frank Niepold to Join Governor Inslee in Town Hall Webinar

The Town Hall Webinar with Governor Jay Inslee from Washington State and a number of other leading educators focused on climate literacy, climate justice, and education will be on Wednesday, September 22, 2:00–3:30 PM EDT.

We all know the urgency of the issues, but we often forget the power of education in addressing climate change, achieving social justice, and developing skills for 21st century solutions—from systems thinking to collaborating for success. 

During this Town Hall gathering, Governor Inslee will kick off the webinar speaking about the innovative work he’s doing in his state to advance climate literacy and climate justice. Governor Inslee will be followed by a panel of education specialists including:

  • Christina Kwauk, a global educator from the Brookings Institute;  

  • CPO’s Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division’s Frank Niepold, Senior Climate Education Program Manager and Coordinator at NOAA and Action for Climate Empowerment National Focal Point for the United States; 

  • Laura Schifter, a lecturer on education with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Senior Fellow with the Aspen Institute leading the K12 Climate Action initiative. 

José González will moderate the webinar with an introduction and closing from Judy Braus, the Executive Director of North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and Sarah Bodor, the Director of Policy and Affiliate Relations at NAAEE. This webinar is part of NAAEE’s 50th Anniversary to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement with a goal of using the power of education to find solutions to our most pressing issues.

President Biden recognizes the immense opportunity that the climate crisis presents to spur good-paying union jobs and advance long-overdue environmental justice. To seize this opportunity, we need the whole-of-government, every sector of the economy, and folks from across the country coming together. Education is a powerful sector in addressing climate change, achieving social justice, and developing skills for 21st century solutions.

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DEIA Working Group

The Climate Program Office (CPO) seeks to advance scientific understanding, monitoring, and prediction of climate and its impacts to enable effective decisions. It is our vision that CPO reflects and leverages the talent and diversity of its employees to ensure people, businesses, and the environment continue to thrive in the face of climate impacts.

CPO’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Working Group was formed in the summer of 2020 in response to civil rights movements across the country. CPO leadership recognized the importance of acknowledging the pain of the nation (and staff members) and of taking action to improve DEIA initiatives and direction within the Climate Program Office. The CPO DEIA Working Group was subsequently formed. The DEIA Working Group developed a 4-year, 20-page, strategic plan to address issues within the office as well as improve outreach, targeted recruitment, and DEIA training opportunities across CPO.

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Outreach and Volunteer Efforts

CPO continues to look for opportunities to give back and contribute to our local area. Past examples of our efforts include:

CPO ‘Giveback’ Drives

    Winter 2020: CPO staff donated over 100 food and hygiene bags to the Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter as well as a $200 money order for the DC Central Kitchen soup kitchen and shelter.

    Summer 2021: CPO staff donated approximately $700 to Covenant House DC.

Earth Day Clean Up

CPO staff donated their time to clean up the Anacostia Watershed, a wetland area within an urban park that feeds into the Northwest branch of the Anacostia.

CPO staff holding food and hygiene bags

CPO Staff prepared and delivered 100+ food and hygiene bags to Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter




NOAA & NOAA Research Resources

CPO is a part of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). OAR’s unique role in NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an equitable and inclusive work environment that enhances organizational performance. OAR’s sustained commitment to strengthen diversity and equity, and nurture a culture of inclusion, is critical to the success of the preeminent research required to support weather and climate forecasting, understand and predict Earth systems, promote sustainable economic uses of America’s oceans, Great Lakes and coasts, and support communities and ecosystems so they are resilient to inevitable change.

If you'd like to learn more about NOAA and OAR efforts to increase and improve knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, please follow these links for additional information:




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