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Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment

The Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment provides resources and opportunities to students, faculty, community members, and leaders in the inland northwest to meet the unprecedented challenges facing humanity and the wider natural environment in the 21st century. Such a vision is central to our identity as a Jesuit institution of higher learning. We are informed by an abiding commitment to a just society and care for the planet, the Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment serves Gonzaga University and the broader regional communities by promoting innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, consulting and capacity building on the climate, society and the environment.

Climate Literacy Project

What is Climate Literacy?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), climate literacy means that you understand the influence of climate on yourself and society and your influence on climate. The Gonzaga Climate Literacy Project seeks to help teachers and students develop a foundational scientific understanding of the complex workings of our climate, what has caused it to change in the past, the most likely causes of its present changes, and the likely global, regional, and local impacts of a changing climate. Building on that scientific knowledge, the Climate Literacy Project also invites reflection on the larger cultural, economic, and ethical issues related to climate change and the challenge of engaging the topic. We encourage teachers and students to “make it local and keep it hopeful” and explore concrete pedagogies and lessons for doing so.

Climate Literacy Fellows

In partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the legislature-funded ClimeTime program, the Gonzaga Climate Center has created the Climate Literacy Fellows program, which hires and trains Gonzaga undergraduates to deliver high-impact climate literacy activities in elementary school classrooms (grades 2-5). Learn more about the Climate Literacy Fellows program.

To learn more about the Climate Literacy Project click here >

Student Engagement Activities


We also host a number of events on Gonzaga’s Campus. If you would like to attend an event, you can see our event schedule here.

Mailing List

Stay up to date about what is happening with the Climate Center by signing up for our mailing list here.

Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment

Upcoming Classes

4:00 pm Integrating Climate Literacy Int...
Integrating Climate Literacy Int...
May 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 Integrating Climate Literacy Into the 6th Grade Classroom Facilitators: Dr. Brian G. Henning, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies & Director of the Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment Karli Honebein, Program Coordinator,[...]

Partners & Collaborators

  • Dr. John Traynor, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Gonzaga University
  • Gonzaga University School of Education
  • Spokane Public School District
  • Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 (NEWESD101)

Climate Literacy Project Workshops

For secondary school teachers (grades 6-12)

The Climate Center anticipates hosting another climate literacy workshop for Washington State secondary school teachers in 2022. 

Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of future opportunities.

For elementary school teachers (grades K-5)

The Climate Center is hosting climate literacy workshops for Washington State elementary school teachers.

Learn more and register >

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Brian G. Henning, PhD, Director, Gonzaga Climate Center

Karli Honebein, Program Coordinator, Center for Climate, Society, & the Environment