Frank Niepold from CPO’s CEE will be speaking at the Civic Engagement in American Climate Policy: Collaborative Models on May 13th, 2022

  • 5 May 2022
Frank Niepold from CPO’s CEE will be speaking at the Civic Engagement in American Climate Policy: Collaborative Models on May 13th, 2022

The Civic Engagement in American Climate Policy conference, planned for May 13-14, 2022 in Washington, DC, will convene practitioners and scholars who work across various fields of American environmental and climate policy where civic engagement, public deliberation, and multi-stakeholder collaboration have become critical for sustainable, resilient, and environmentally just solutions in the decades ahead.

Conference participants will address existing practices and programs at the community level, as well as through civic associations, public agencies, and partner institutions. The conference will also address capacity building challenges to embed productive civic engagement across the full range of issues and at the scale that will be needed for a genuinely democratic response to climate crises across our cities and regions, coastal communities and Western landscapes.

Frank Niepold will be speaking on a Environmental Education panel with Judy Braus (North American Association for Environmental Education), Bora Simmons (North American Association for Environmental Education), Marianne Krasny (Cornell Civic Ecology Lab), and Elena Takaki (Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies)

At the conference across numerous panels, the conference participants will discuss what robust strategic leadership might look like that keeps civic engagement at the core of creative climate policies, while also aligning community and collaboration with the full range of other tools of accountable and effective governance.

After the conference, the organizers will release a report of our discussion and recommendations, as well as on the research that has preceded our meeting and may immediately follow to further clarify issues. This report will be circulated widely as a PDF and in print through various media, as well as among a broad range of organizations.





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.

Read the CPO DEIA Strategic Plan »



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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