Start a Thriving Earth Exchange Project

Spring 2020 California Cohort (Deadline Extended to Friday 21 February) 

Learn about our California-focused collaboration led by Thriving Earth Exchange with support from the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC)

We are currently looking for community organizations in California interested in paring with a Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellow to address community-driven priorities. Local or regional governments, tribal governments, community-based organizations, or other advocacy, tribal, or non-profit organizations are eligible to represent communities as lead applicants.  This California-focused collaboration is led by Thriving Earth Exchange with support from the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC). Thriving Earth Exchange will give preference to historically marginalized and/or underserved communities. These include California Native American Tribes, as well as communities classified as disadvantaged by CalEnviroScreen 3.0, low-income, and climate vulnerable communities. Through this collaboration, we are aiming to select 10 California communities; one from each of these regions in the state. Thriving Earth Exchange will review community applications on a rolling basis, and projects will begin in Spring 2020.

Science, Policy, & Engagement Cohorts (Accepting Applications Now)

Learn about opportunities for communities interested in science, policy, and engagement

Building an Enduring Grassroots Constituency for Science

We are currently accepting applications from community leaders in the U.S. to join our 2020 Science, Policy, and Engagement Cohort. AGU has been awarded a grant from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a new project, “Building an Enduring Grassroots Constituency for Science,” that will create science-community partnerships in eight communities across the United States. If you are interested in partnering with a scientist to co design a project that will advance local priorities, submit an application to the form below.

Communities selected for this cohort will work collaboratively with a Community Science Fellow and AGU scientists and will participate in community outreach and engagement activities on behalf of their community-science partnership including addressing public audiences, media, and decision makers.

Project Example:

As just one example of these kind of multi-component (science, engagement, policy) projects: A community leadership team might collect and analyze local air quality data, share the data with residents, work with residents in areas with dangerous air quality to design educational campaigns and encourage policy changes that reduce pollution.

Getting Started: U.S.-based Communities*

Please use the form below to provide us with baseline information about your community. Once we hear from you, a Thriving Earth Exchange staff member will reply to discuss how we can get started.

Note: Prior to engaging with Thriving Earth Exchange, all communities are asked to read and consent to two documents. Should you have any questions regarding these documents or their contents, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected].

*Community submissions outside of the United States are not currently accepted through this form. For more information about Thriving Earth Exchange’s international partnership and community science activities, please email [email protected].

Timeline and Application Deadlines

Thriving Earth Exchange launches projects quarterly. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and early applications receive priority for each cohort. (Note: Spring 2020 projects will be selected for additional criteria, including geographical location. Please check back for additional details soon.)

If you plan to apply for a project, but cannot yet submit an application, please let us know so that we may plan accordingly.


Project Launch    Application Deadline Notes
April 2020 (California) February 21, 2020  California-based communities
Spring/ Summer 2020 TBA   Science, Policy, & Engagement Cohort
Summer/Fall 2020 TBA


Thriving Earth Exchange projects start with community priorities, and any community can start a project with us. Communities of any size from around the world are encouraged to submit a local priority, issue and/or project idea related to natural hazards, natural resources, or climate change. (See current and former projects here.) All we ask is that you commit the time and energy needed to work hand-in-hand with a volunteer scientist.

Thriving Earth Exchange is free of charge for communities and projects typically do not come with funding. We design projects that can have an impact on the community priority with creativity, in-kind support, and resources at hand.Projects are supported by specially trained staff and Community Science Fellows, and typically conclude within 6-18 months.  If your project idea doesn’t fit one of the categories above, make a note of that in your project application (but don’t let that stop you from applying!)

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