NNSLE was created at the 2004 ANREP Conference in Wheeling, WV, under the leadership of Viviane Simon-Brown (retired), Oregon State University. It began with 13 members from six states plus USDA CSREES, and has grown to over 80 members representing 19 U.S. universities, two international universities, USDA-NIFA, and two organizations.
NNSLE’s purpose is to connect colleagues who are engaged in sustainability education. At first, many members were the only Extension professionals in their state working on sustainability; currently many states have excellent programs that focus on multiple aspects of sustainability, as well as climate science and climate change.
NNSLE’s goal is to Improve quality of life and reduce environmental degradation by fostering new consumption patterns and sustainable lifestyles through NIFA Extension programs, by building an Extension network to investigate, educate, and model sustainable living practices to individuals, families, communities, institutions, businesses, camps, and schools. We define sustainable living as an ethic of stewardship in which our desire for fulfilling and productive lives is thoughtfully and consciously balanced with the social, economic, and environmental security of life on Earth, now and for future generations.
With support from our partners in USDA-NIFA, NNSLE members connect through monthly conference calls during which we learn about each other’s program; share resources, research, and information; and work on NNSLE projects. We hold a strategic planning meeting every two years at the national ANREP conference.
The National Extension Energy Initiative (NEEI) provides Extension educators professional development opportunities through sharing experiences and information, learning from successes and challenges, and building new partnerships for energy education from all program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences; 4-H Youth Development; and Community Development.
Chair: David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University
Vice Chair: Tim Prather, University of Tennessee Extension
Past Vice Chair: Patricia Townsend, Washington State University Extension
Initiative Manager: John Ignosh, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Stakeholder Relations Committee Chair: Tim Baye, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Professional Development Committee Chair: Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension
The vision for the National Extension Energy Initiative was forged at the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges: The Next 50 Years. This conference explored energy challenges and identified potential roles and actions for public and Land-Grant universities addressing the nation’s energy needs. The conference’s panel on renewable energy concluded that public and land-grant universities should be and will be actively involved in finding energy solutions. The panel found that the renewable energy industry could benefit significantly for increased collaboration with university researchers.
The inaugural National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) took place in Fort Collins, CO from April 29-May 1, 2013 with 68 attendees from 28 states. Colorado State University hosted in collaboration with Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The second National Extension Energy Summit was organized and hosted by Washington State University on April 7-10, 2015 in Seattle Washington, with 97 attendees from 31 states. A primary focus of the 2015 summit was to provide a platform to discuss various frameworks and organizational structures for planning and hosting future Extension Energy Summits, and foster collaborations to enhance Extension energy education programs. After discussing multiple options, conference attendees overwhelmingly voted to collaborate with ANREP to develop an organizational structure as an energy initiative.
The primary objective of the National Extension Energy Initiative is to provide Extension educators professional development opportunities through sharing experiences and information, learning from successes and challenges, and building new partnerships for energy education from all program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences; 4-H Youth Development; and Community Development.
The primary activity for the National Extension Energy Initiative is to conduct a biennial National Extension Energy Summit to share energy research, programs, and resources among state Extension energy personnel from all program areas. Other activities include building relationships among stakeholders within the energy sector and building capacity of Extension professionals in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
For a complete list of the National Extension Energy Initiative guidelines, click here.
Membership in the National Extension Energy Initiative includes leaders and energy experts from Public and Land Grant Universities, Cooperative Extension Professionals, national laboratories, and government from around the country. The majority of Initiative members belong to the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) or other Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) affiliate associations. If you are interested in learning more about the National Extension Energy Initiative or would like to be included in the Initiative list-serve to be informed on up-coming events and ways to be involved, please contact David Ripplinger.