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Kudryavtsev and Krasny, Urban Environmental Education

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Published on Jul 23, 2018

Urban Environmental Education Review (Cornell University Press, 2017) presents perspectives from environmental educators around the world to address the question: How can environmental education contribute to urban sustainability? The book debunks common assumptions that cities are ecologically barren, and that people who live in cities don’t care about nature or a healthy environment. It presents novel educational approaches that can help practicing environmental educators, urban planners, and other environmental leaders achieve their goals to educate youth, build sustainable communities and improve the natural environments in cities. In a Chats in the Stacks book talk at Mann Library in March 2018, co-editors Alex Kudryavtsev and Marianne Krasny lead a discussion that touches on these insights to highlight how learning opportunities in environmental stewardship foster individual and community well-being in cities in ways that both protect the environment and improve the quality of everyday life.

Dr. Kudryavtsev is an Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell where he is developing courses, conducting research and producing publications on environmental education, with focus on environmental psychology, community-based stewardship, and engaging urban youth in environmental awareness building and action. Cornell Professor of Natural Resources Marianne Krasny directs the the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell and has developed a number of popular online courses about environmental education and civic ecology. Widely published and repeatedly recognized for her contributions in support of public engagement with issues of environmental and community resilience, in 2018 Dr. Krasny was named a Fellow with the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

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