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    Marianne Krasny

    Marianne Krasny is professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. Through her research and outreach, she works with community-based organizations to examine how self-organized, environmental stewardship practices in cities contribute to civic renewal, ecosystem services, multi-generational learning, and social-ecological systems resilience. She also directs EPA’s national environmental education training program (“EECapacity”), through which she fosters exchange of ideas between urban community environmental stewards and environmental educators, with the goal of redefining environmental education for an increasingly urban society facing the realities of climate change. Recent edited books include Trading Zones in Environmental Education: Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue and Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems: the Role of Learning and Education. A forthcoming book is entitled Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up (ME Krasny and KG Tidball, MIT Press). Email:

    February 8, 2017

    Environmental Education Generates Urban Sustainability
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    Can environmental education in cities foster urban sustainability? Yes—according to 90 scholars from six continents who contributed to a forthcoming book called Urban Environmental Education Review (Russ and Krasny, eds, 2017). Three themes—participation of urban residents in planning and environmental...

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    June 5, 2016

    Climate Change Education
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Chew-Hung Chang, Singapore
    Marna Hauk, Portland
    Bryce Dubois, New York City

    In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York and New Jersey shoreline, with winds of 145 kilometers per hour and a storm surge 4.3 meters above mean low water. The superstorm flooded the city’s subways, destroyed thousands of...

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    May 28, 2016

    Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Johan Enqvist, Stockholm
    Sheila Foster, New York City
    Lisa Gansky, San Francisco
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Michelle Johnson, New York City
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    David Maddox, New York City
    Michael Mehaffy, Portland
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Raul Pacheco-Vega, Aguascalientes
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal
    Anne Trumble, Los Angeles
    Arjen Wals, Wageningen
    Abigail York, Tempe

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    May 10, 2016

    Practicing Community Environmental Education in Urban Settings
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Mutizwa Mukute, Grahamstown
    Olivia Aguilar, Granville
    Mapula Priscilla Masilela, Grahamstown
    Lausanne Olvitt, Grahamstown

    Community environmental education prioritizes community wellness, and uses learning in and about the environment as a means towards community wellness and healing. It draws from place-based, youth and community development, participatory, and resilience approaches in environmental education. Recognizing that community...

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    April 12, 2016

    Capturing Stewardship Stories: The Unlikely Tale of a Massive Open Online Course
    Kimberly Snyder, Ithaca
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    From a centuries-old pear tree marking the remnants of a castle in the Czech Republic, to an urban perimeter of abandoned ammunitions dumps in Spain, to a tiny balcony in cramped New Delhi—places that people care about dot the globe....

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    September 7, 2015

    Civic Ecology Meets EdX: An Experiment in Online Social Learning and Action
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    A pop-up garden in Kiev, volunteer “spotfixes” along sidewalks in Bangalore, and a flower garden planted atop a deadly landslide after an earthquake in Japan. These and other civic ecology practices are expanding in number. But how do we connect...

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    March 15, 2015

    Extinction of Experience: Does it Matter?
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    Right after I graduated from Cornell, I took off for the North Cascades wilderness. First as a student and later an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, I spent summers in Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, ice climbing out of crevasses,...

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    June 9, 2014

    Environmental education in cities focuses on youth and community development, restoring ecosystems, building green infrastructure, and more. But is urban environmental education really anything new? What should its goals and practices look like?
    Janice Astbury, London
    Chankook Kim, Cheongju, South Korea
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Miguel Luna, Los Angeles
    Pepe Marcos-Iga, Tucson
    Candice Russell, Los Angeles
    Soul Shava, Johannesburg
    Philip Silva, New York
    Shubhalaxmi Vaylure, Mumbai

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    April 7, 2014

    The sky is the limit for urban agriculture. Or is it? What can cities hope to get from community gardens and urban agriculture?
    Lindsay Campbell, New York City
    Joana Chan & Bryce DuBois, New York City
    David Dixon, London
    Alexandre Guertin, Montreal
    Gareth Haysom, Cape Town
    Madhumitha Jaganmohan, Leipzig
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    Jenga Mwendo, New Orleans
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem
    Darlene Wolnik, New Orleans

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