Polygon has reached out to several of the companies involved in the project, as well as to the CTP Engineering team.
Polygon reached out with a request for comment on this article, but did not receive a response by press time.
The project was conceived as part of a larger effort to make climate change research more accessible to the public, including a push to bring climate change information to the university’s students.
In a statement on its website, the university wrote that the company “has been working to create a climate change science curriculum for our students for over two decades, including developing curriculum materials, conducting workshops, and conducting research in collaboration with the CPT Engineering team to bring our climate change expertise to the campus.”
Polygon reached Outward Bound, the company behind the curriculum, for comment.
The company declined to comment, and an email sent to Outwardbound was not immediately returned.
The climate change curriculum, released in September, includes the Climate Change Research Project, Climate Change Communication Project, and Climate Change Science Project.
The CTP team is one of the contractors working on the curriculum.
In an interview with Polygon, CTP cofounder and CTO Michael Schoenfeld said he hoped the company’s climate change course would help students “understand the science behind climate change.”
“I think the goal is to get them to a place where they’re able to be more engaged in climate change, and they’re willing to learn from those who are doing the work, rather than just passively listening to the climate change community,” he said.
“The curriculum is an important part of that, but we’re not necessarily the only one making this stuff available, and the other companies that are making it available are doing it for the benefit of students.
So I think we’re really just getting into this space, and it’s really interesting that we’re getting into it in a way that makes sense for students and gives them the opportunity to engage in research.”
Polygons staff of two climate change researchers are pictured in this July 6, 2017, image provided by CTP Consulting Engineers.
(AP Photo/Polygon)The company’s approach is different from that of the previous climate change advisory group.
In 2014, the Climate Impact Assessment Group released its Climate Change Assessment of Universities, and included research from more than 70 companies, many of which have since shuttered.
But a number of companies still work with the group, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a number have contributed to the curriculum at Polygons.
While Schoenfield acknowledged that many companies have shuttered, he said that there are still plenty of opportunities for the company to get its climate change material to students.
“We still have some opportunities for some companies to contribute,” he told Polygon.
“But there’s a lot of work to be done, and we’re working very hard to make it as accessible as possible.”
Schoenfeld and Schoenfields team has a number other projects going on, too.
Schoenfeld told Polygon that the university is “working on a number projects that are directly related to the research project, and those are ongoing,” including the Climate Communication Project.
Schoenfelts team is also working on a program called “Co-Educating Students to Empower Climate Change” that has students working with the Climate Assessment Group to develop a curriculum to address climate change.
That program has been scheduled for launch in the spring.
Polygon did not know how many companies are working on its climate research curriculum.
Schoenfeld told Polyglon that they “continue to collaborate with the [CTP] Engineering team, as they do with other teams,” and added that the project is “very much in its early stages.”
“It’s not quite ready to be ready for launch yet, but it is very much in the works, and our focus is to make that program available to our students, our staff, and to other organizations that may want to participate,” he added.
In September, the CTE group released its first report on the climate, which concluded that the “climate is likely already changing,” with climate change contributing to about 5 percent of the overall temperature rise in the Earth’s atmosphere.
In September, President Donald Trump said that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and pledged to make a decision on whether to withdraw by the end of the year.