Urban Forests and Climate Change virtual intensive course - 2024

Urban Forests and Climate Change explores the ways in which urban forestry can improve climate change resilience while providing myriad benefits to both ecological and social communities. Learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the roles urban forest management and sustainable wood construction play in climate change mitigation, highlighting key obstacles and opportunities specific to urban and municipal-level forestry. The course identifies unique themes and addresses the ways in which urban forests can be impacted by climate change as well as how management can be used as a tool to reduce social inequities, improve human health and well-being, and reduce environmental and community vulnerability to climate-induced stressors.

This course includes the following learning topics:

  1. Introduction to Urban Forests, Carbon, and Climate Change: Overview of urban forest definitions, characteristics, carbon dynamics, and key challenges
  2. Physical Challenges and Solutions in Urban Forests: Climate change impacts and adaptive management solutions to address key challenges related to environmental health of urban forest systems
  3. Social Challenges and Solutions in Urban Forests: Anthropogenic impacts and adaptive management solutions to address key challenges related to community health, equity, and access to urban forest systems
  4. Urban Forest Planning, Financing, and Implementation: Common tools and activities that account for climate mitigation and enhanced social equity in urban forest planning and implementation processes, with a review of various case study examples
  5. Urban Wood Utilization: Overview of wood dynamics and uses in the urban environment including waste and emissions, wood use supply chains, and mass timber construction

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This course is offered by the Michigan State University Department of Forestry Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP). Course content was co-developed with MSU faculty and partners at the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). Course development was made possible through support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Forests, and NIACS. 

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