Dr. Ben Weikert, associate professor of Agriculture and Animal Science at SUNY Cobleskill, has been appointed to serve as part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) newly launched New York State Climate Impacts Assessment: Understanding and Preparing for Our Changing Climate.
Dr. Weikert will be a member of a diverse group of experts and stakeholders from across the state working to develop a science-based assessment of observed and projected climate impacts on New York’s communities, ecosystems, infrastructure, and economy.
The assessment findings will provide a comprehensive scientific understanding of probable climate change-related impacts that can empower groups across the state in making informed decisions around climate resiliency, preparedness, and environmental disaster response and recovery.
“This committee is at the forefront of the state’s enduring commitment to address the dangerous impacts climate change poses to our world and everyday lives,” said Weikert. “These goals reflect the driving forces behind our curricula at SUNY Cobleskill, focused on solutions for societal well-being, environmental sustainability, and moving agriculture forward.”
Dr. Weikert has been a member of the SUNY Cobleskill faculty for five years and holds degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture, and earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education and Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Earlier this year, Dr. Weikert was a recipient of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award, an honor given to individuals whom the professional society deems the best in agriculture education.