Forest Carbon and Climate Program

The Forest Carbon and Climate Program aims to increase understanding and implementation of climate-smart forest management, which inextricably links climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Program focuses on activities that advance best practice implementation, promote robust and inter-disciplinary understanding of forest benefits and co-benefits and develop and nurture balanced perspectives that include working forests and forest products as a part of the climate change solution. These objectives are achieved through working with strategic partners to better communicate and bring attention to key topics, create educational content and programming and bridge dialogue gaps on carbon and climate topics related to forests and forested lands.

The Program was established to connect professionals, natural resource managers, decision-makers, students and the broader public with the value of forested lands and forest products in addressing climate change. Extensive expertise in forest conservation guides the Program’s focus, in addition to local, regional and international relationships with entities engaged in the utilization and protection of forests and related ecosystems.


Partners and collaborators

Current program components

  • The Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forest-based climate change mitigation activities. The certificate has been offered completely online since 2013. Supplementing a wide range of vocations, participants include working professionals and those pursuing advanced degrees. Individuals can take just one course, or earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of all required courses in the program.
  • The Forest Carbon and Climate Community provides resources and a professional network for individuals who have participated in the Graduate Certificate and other activities in the Forest Carbon and Climate Program. Members in the online community receive news on policies and methodologies, internal networking and opportunities for research and employment. An online portal allows continued access to resources, contacts and online tools. Invited participants reflect individuals from NGOs, private interests, graduate students, government and natural resource managers.

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Lauren Cooper
Academic Specialist/Forest Carbon and Climate Program Coordinator
121 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
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