Search below for resources covering the intersection of climate engagement, social science and data analytics.


Research & Articles

  • A majority (58%) of Iowa farmers recognize climate change is happening and (at least partially) driven by human activities. 18% understand that it is caused mostly by human activities (vs."more or less equally by natural changes in the environment and human activities") -- an 8 percentage point increase from 2011. 
  • A majority of Iowa farmers are "concerned about the potential impacts of climate change on [their] farm operation" (51%); that seed companies should be developing crop varieties adapted to coming changes in weather patterns (64%); and that they should take indiviudal steps to protect their farmland from increased precipitation (58%).
  • The University Extension was the most trusted source of information about climate change (as was the case in 2011), with 60% of farmers selecting trust or strongly trust. Scientists and soil and water conservation organizations were both trusted by 50% of respondents, followed closely by farm groups at 47% and family and friends at 46%.

Making a Clean Energy Future an Equitable One

The Climate Advocacy Lab with the Regulatory Assistance Project
Tips & How-Tos

In this webinar, the Lab team is joined by the Regulatory Assistance Project to explore recommendations from the new report Energy Infrastructure: Sources of Inequities and Policy Solutions for Improving Community Health and Wellbeing.

In addition to the report, participants also learn from advocates across the country fighting for an equitable clean energy future. Contributing speakers shared their reflections and lessons learned from a variety of perspectives on what it takes to achieve energy equity, including how they're financing low-income solar, how they're growing solar through state-level policy, and how to work in strong coalition.

Contributing speakers include: Donna Brutkoski, Communications Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project; Yesenia Rivera, Director of Energy Equity and Inclusion, Solar United Neighbors; and Jacqueline Hutchinson, Vice President of Operations, People’s Community Action Corporation.

Washington Voters Support Aligned Action on Transportation and Climate

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates/Low Carbon Prosperity Institute
Research & Articles

Washingtonians overwhelmingly see climate change as real, urgent, and requiring strong, comprehensive action. According to new poll results, more than three-quarters of voters believe we cannot rely on Washington, DC to solve climate change, and nearly 70% of voters believe that climate change is a major threat to our health and economy and that we should respond with bold action, AND that the state should join other states to pass comprehensive policy to reduce carbon emissions using the best available science.

Rural Climate Dialogues

Institute For Agriculture And Trade Policy (IATP), Jefferson Center
Research & Articles

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center conducted a series of multi-day conversations in five rural Minnesota counties (plus one state-level convening) on local climate impacts. Through the use of the Jefferson Center’s “citizens jury” model, which brings together a roughly representative sample of the community to “study an issue in-depth and generate a shared community response, the organizers demonstrated the effectiveness of deliberative place-based conversations on persuading rural citizens (including climate skeptics) to care about climate change. Among the climate communications principles brought to bear are reducing social norms barriers when talking about climate, using of credible messengers in folksy extension climatologists, focusing on local weather impacts, and fostering a space for deliberation and “self-persuasion.” While effective in driving persistent attitude change, scale remains the obvious barrier.

Find reports and recordings for each conversation under the Counties tab. More coverage can be found here.