Story notes: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball of Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab convened a workshop in Annapolis Maryland, at the offices of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, or SESYNC facilitated by David Maddox. The workshop was a gathering of 25 scholars and practitioners, come to talk about civic ecology.
But what is civic ecology? I asked each of the participants to give their short definition. This episode reveals their answers, and there is lots of nuance around some common themes. The work was supported in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SESNYC. Special thanks to Jennifer Klein for directing the recordings.
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In order of appearance, the participants were:
Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Keith Tidball wants you to get a land ethic fit for the 21st century. He studies how people and nature interact to make communities more resilient.
Nature Cleaners, Iran
Nature Cleaners strives to build community and a sense of environmentalism through voluntary trash collection in Iran.
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
Traci Sooter uses her expertise as a green architecture to complete community-focused design projects with a focus on sustainability.
Rebecca Salminen Witt
The Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit is invested in providing a greener future for Detroit by “inspiring sustainable growth of a healthy urban community”
U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, New York
The Northern Research Station of the USFS works to understand forests in a human-disturbed landscape that includes NYC.
Collins Avenue Streamside Community
The Collins Avenue Streamside Community is a collective of households attempting social & ecological reconciliation in their neighborhood.
Faith in Place
Working with over 1,000 congregations of all faiths on issues of environmental stewardship. Based in Chicago.
The Ugly Indian, Bangalore
The Ugly Indian is a community movement generating voluntary cleanup drives across India in hopes of changing civic standards.
Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Marianne Krasny wants to know how civic ecology practices affect individuals, communities, and the environment.
Higher Ground Sun Valley
Higher Ground Sun Valley gives individuals with disabilities, especially veterans, the chance to experience the outdoors through recreation and therapy.
Sustainable Queens, The Queensway
Sustainable Queens cultivates sustainable living, wellness, creativity, & empowerment through community gardens in underserved communities.
Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey
Laurel Kearns trains religious leaders to understand the changing relationships between people and the environment.
Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
EPCAMR is a coalition of individuals & organizations that supports abandoned mine reclamation for community use.
Rosalba Lopez Ramirez
Kelly Street Garden, New York
A community garden in the South Bronx. Their mission? To grow food, grow community, grow wellness, and grow leaders.
Maryland Coastal Bays Program
MCBP’s goal is to protect and conserve the watershed of Maryland’s five coastal bays through research, education, outreach, and restoration.
Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University
Lance Gunderson is an ecologist interested in how scientific understanding influences resource policy and management.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kellen Marshall is a graduate student with interdisciplinary interests related to stresses on urban ecosystems.
Waginengen University, University of Gothenburg
Arjen Wals studies how to better engage the public in academic research in order to strengthen society.
Brandeis University; Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Carmen Sirianni focuses on democratic renewal in the contemporary U.S., especially as it pertains to the environment.
The CLEO Institute
The CLEO Institute is a non-profit dedicated to improving environmental education of the public as a means to support climate resilience.
Groundwork Anacostia River, Washington, D.C.
GARDC’s uses environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development in communities around the Anacostia River.
Environmental Design Program, University of Colorado, Boulder
Louise Chawla is interested in integrating nature into our every day, particularly through the engagement of children and youth.
Departments of Human Ecology and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
A one-time evolutionary biologist of Lake Malawi’s cichlid fish, Rebecca Jordan’s current focus is on science education and citizen science.
Treekit; Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Philip Silva studies how citizen science helps monitor urban forests. TreeKit makes tools for measuring, mapping, & managing street trees.
Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Cornell University
Dr. Kassam’s research interests are broad, but generally include ways of knowing as they relate to ecology.