The Climate Toolkit provides quarterly webinars as a free service to keep the conversation going on the various Toolkit goals and how to reach them. Past webinars can be viewed below.

The webinar series aims to gather organizational leadership and staff members to present and discuss important steps we can all take to address climate change through our programs and policies.


Webinar 8: Vegan and Vegetarian Foods

Dec.14, 2022

We are pleased to announce the eighth installment of our free, quarterly Climate Toolkit Webinar Series will be held on Wed., Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. EST.  The topic of the next webinar is “Vegan and Vegetarian Foods.” In this one-hour webinar our speakers will discuss the climate case for maximizing vegan and vegetarian foods and recount their institutions’ experiences communicating a more planet-friendly lifestyle which includes locally sourced foods.

Presenters:

  • Claudia Pineda Tibbs, Sustainability Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Camille St-Jacques-Renaud, Head of Catering, Montréal Botanical Gardens, Montréal Space for Life

This event is free to attend, but advance reservation is required. Please click here to R.S.V.P.; once registered, you’ll receive a Zoom link to virtually attend the webinar. We look forward to having you with us!


Webinar 7: Divesting from Fossil Fuels and Responsible Investing

July 20, 2022

Watch the seventh Climate Toolkit Webinar, featuring Patrick Hamilton from the Science Museum of Minnesota and Richard Piacentini from Phipps Conservatory. In the one-hour webinar, our speakers discuss their journey of transitioning from fossil fuels to mission-centric investment strategies, challenges within the investment sector and more. 

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Webinar 6: “Integrated Pest Management, Indoors and Out”

March 30, 2022

Our sixth Climate Toolkit Webinar features Drew Asbury from Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Braley Burke from Phipps Conservatory and Holly Walker from Smithsonian Gardens, who discusses climate-conscious practices for pest management, scouting and communication with employees and volunteers, and biological pest control.


Webinar 5: “Single-Use Plastics: Reduction Measures, Advocacy and Public Outreach”

Dec. 8, 2021

The fifth webinar delves into how institutions are reducing their single-use plastics within their food service, horticulture and animal care practices and how they are conveying those efforts to their staff and guests.  Claudia Pineda Tibbs, sustainability and operations Manager of Monterey Bay Aquarium, Richard Piacentini, president and CEO of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Michelle Allworth, facilities project manager at Phipps, all provided insight into this important topic.


Webinar 4: Climate Change and Water: Reduction, Collection, Research and Outreach.

Sept. 8, 2021

Our fourth webinar explores examples of rainwater collection and reducing institutional water consumption, how new research on how climate change is impacting our waterways, and how to educate the public to follow your lead. The Webinar includes presentations from Dr. Adam J. Heathcote, senior scientist at St. Croix Watershed Research Station and the Science Museum of Minnesota, Joseph Rothleutner, director of horticulture and facilities at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Adam Haas, interpretive program manager at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.


Webinar 3: Climate Communication – How to Talk to Your Stakeholders About Climate Change

June 9, 2021

The third webinar discusses Climate Communication: How to Talk to Your Stakeholders About Climate Change with presentations from Jeremy Joslin, director of education at the Morton Arboretum, Sarah States, director of research and science education at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Maria Wheeler-Dubas, science education outreach manager at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The webinar discusses the best practices for communication about climate change to internal and external stakeholders alike, from using storytelling to help your visitors understand the specific regional impacts of climate change to making climate action and education a part of your strategic plan.


Webinar 2: Calculating Emissions

March 10, 2021

On Wed., March 10, the second installment of the Climate Toolkit Webinar Series reviewed the EPA’s Simplified Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator, which allows institutions to establish an essential baseline for implementation of energy reduction strategies. The event featured presentations from Mt. Cuba Center of Delaware and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pennsylvania, both of whom completed their own baseline audits. 


Webinar 1: Energy Solutions

Dec. 9, 2020

On Wed., Dec. 9, our first Climate Toolkit Webinar covered topics including energy reduction, on-site generation and transitioning to renewable energy, and featured presentations from Mt. Cuba Center of Delaware, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pennsylvania, and Norfolk Botanic Garden of Virginia.