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Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy (000253)


Air quality, climate change and energy are three issues that increasingly are being addressed by the NRCS.  Air quality already is a functional part of the NRCS conservation portfolio (the first ‘A’ in SWAPA+H).  Climate change and energy are now becoming significant considerations in conservation planning.  This course will provide a broad overview of these three topics, and how they are related to each other and SWAPA+H components.  Students will learn how agricultural activities can contribute to air emissions, sequester carbon, manage greenhouse gas emissions, and better conserve energy.  The course also will provide examples of addressing these issues via NRCS planning and programs.


Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define air quality, climate change, and energy as they relate to the NRCS mission and explain how they are interrelated;
  • Explain the importance of these issues for land managers and NRCS itself;
  • Recognize how soil, water, air, plants, animals and human activity all affect, and are affected by, energy and climate change;
  • Identify examples of how air quality, climate change, and energy concepts apply to agricultural conservation; and
  • List and locate additional resources that can be used to expand knowledge of these topics.



Delivery Method



90 Minutes.

Target Audience

The course is designed for all NRCS employees, but particularly for State Air Quality and Energy Contacts, conservation planners, partnership employees, and conservation technical assistance providers to assist them in integrating air quality, energy and climate change into conservation planning and programs.

NEDC Contact

Sudhakhar Sriparameswaran

Technical Contact

Air Quality:  Greg Johnson;  Climate Change:  Carolyn Olson;  Energy:  Stefanie Aschmann.


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy (NRCS-NEDC-000253).