Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) in the US

United States National ACE Activity

In collaboration with a broad network of folks involved in climate science, justice, and learning contexts, I have been involved in the design, implementation and writing of the ACE National Strategic Planning Framework for the US as well as a book that supports this work. Going forward I hope to be involved in helping further implement coherent and just efforts in this area.


Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2020). An ACE National Strategic Planning Framework for the United States. (2020). Written in collaboration with the US ACE National Community. Retrieve from

ACE Policy Brief 2020-11-30.pdf

Professional Learning

  • Morrison, D. & Niepold, F. (2020). Designing Equitable and Coherent Systems for Climate Justice Education. May, 2020 as part of the EarthLab talk series, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Related Publications

Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2021). Will the Canada-US climate meeting accelerate community engagement? OpEd for the National Observer, Canada, March 9, 2021. Retrieve from

Bowman, T., Cintron-Rodriguez, I., Crim, H., Damon, T., Dandridge, C., Kretser, J., Morrison, D., Niepold, F., Poppleton, K., Spitzer, W., & Weiland, L. (2021). Building capacity, momentum and a culture of climate action in the United States. Environmental Research Letters. Article reference: ERL-109417. Retrieve from

Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2021). Empowering climate action in the United States. Part of Resetting Our Future Series. Changemaker Books.

Cintron, I., Crim, H., Morrison, D., Niepold, F., Kretzer, J., Spitzer, B., & Bowman, T. (2021). Equitable, empowering, and inclusive participatory policy design strategies to accelerate just climate action, adaptation, and resilience. Journal of Science Policy & Governance, Special Issue on Climate Change Solutions, 18(02).

Morrison, D. & Bowman, T. (2021). Engaging the people in just climate action. Spring issue 2021 (#4), Saving Earth Magazine. Retrieve from

Related Presentations

HBCU Green Fund, Land Peace Foundation, BIPOC Scholars Program, and the US ACE Coordination Team. (2021). BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue. April 8, 2021. Retrieve from

Grady, S., Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2021). Empowering Climate Action in the United States with Co-Editors/Authors Dr. Deb Morrison and Tom Bowman. Podcast on The Environmental Transformation Podcast by Sean Grady, March 23, 2021. Retrieve from

Nelson, C. A. & Ward, T., Corbin, R., O’Brien, P., Edes, B., Morrison, D., Gold, A., & Grenier, C. (2020). Resetting the Futures Knowledge Jam, Diverse Futures Forum, UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020, December 10-12, 2020, held virtually. Retrieved from Also available at

Niepold, F., Poppleton, K., Spitzer, W., Crim, H., Damon, T., Bowman, T., Kretzer, J., Morrison, D., Cintron-Rodriguez, I. M., Dandridge, C., & Weiland, L. (2020). Developing a national strategic plan for action for climate empowerment in the United States. Poster in the Science and Society strand of the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 1-17, 2020, virtually.

Morrison, D., Cintron, I., Kretzer, J., & Poppleton, K. (2020). Implementing the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) agenda at multiple scales to accelerate climate action. Session in the United Nations Climate Dialogues RINGO side events. Held on December 4, 2020 as part of events between November 23-December 4, 2020. See with details at

Bowman, T. & Morrison, D. (2020). How can the community review the US ACE Framework? Session in the Community Review Launch for the United States Action for Climate Empowerment Strategic Planning Framework Dialogues, held virtually on October 22, 2020. See

Morrison, D., Barret, V., Jessel, S., Wildcat, D., Pierce, M., & Khan, A. (2020). Setting the ACE national context in the U.S. Session within the U.S. ACE Talanoa Dialogs Launch Event, held virtually on August 6th, 2020). See

Other Work

Within the US there has been significant work on ACE done at the state and local level as well as nationally within non-governmental networks. See links below for other areas I have engaged in this work.