EPA Grant for “EECapacity” Project

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Education selected Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab for a 5-year, $10 million grant. The “EECapacity” project links environmental educators through workshops, online courses and other means, and to create opportunities to exchange ideas, practices and resources.

Prof. Marianne Krasny is the project’s principal investigator.

“Through a series of workshops, EECapacity will bring educators together from traditional and nontraditional urban backgrounds to exchange ideas and resources, and form social networks. From there the project will see what innovative ideas emerge. ‘We are not going to dictate practices,’ said Krasny. ‘We want to create an exchange of ideas, and expect that the educators will come up with innovative practices and apply them in the world.'”

Read more about the grant and this innovative project here.

NAAEE Research Symposium

The North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) had their 8th annual Research Symposium on October 11-12.

Several members of the DNR community were involved in this year’s symposium, entitled “Branching to the Future, Rooted in Time.”

Erin Kelly was a coordinator and did program production.

Prof. Marianne Krasny is the Chair of the NAAEE Research Commission.

Alex Kudryavtsev, Jesse Delia and Prof. Marianne Krasny all gave presentations at the event.

Yue Li participated as a conference assistant.


Check out the event’s program here: NAAEE


Tidball Explored Disaster Relief

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Associate Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University Keith Tidball led a discussion on environmental justice at Hobart and William Smith College. The discussion was a part of the Global Citizenship: Social and Environmental Justice conference.

Tidball continued on the topic started by Dr. Helen Caldicott, the renowned anti-nuclear war activist. His research focuses “on the interactions between humans and nature; particularly how these interactions relate to social-ecological system resilience.”

His discussion, entitled “Recovery and Resilience in the Aftermath of Disasters,” included a panel of HWS students who fundraised for the recent natural disasters in Japan, Haiti, and Hurricane Katrina. He spoke about possible plans for the future that would be helpful on the HWS campus when looking at social and environmental justice issues.

Tidball is program leader for the Nature and Human Security Program and the Communities and Urban Forests Extension Program at Cornell University. He is also the New York State Coordinator for the NY Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

To read the announcement about the discussion, visit the Hobart and William Smith College’s website: http://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=14861

The Emerald Ash Borer- an Invasive Insect

Extension Associate Mark Whitmore studies the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), commonly referred to as “EAB”, is an invasive wood-boring beetle. Native to Asia, the beetle’s first North American populations were confirmed in the summer of 2002 in southeast Michigan and in Windsor, Ontario. EAB was likely introduced to the area in the mid-1990’s in ash wood used for shipping pallets and packing materials in cargo ships or shipping containers. Emerald Ash Borers feed on and eventually kill all native ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Slowing their spread is imperative.

Since its introduction into North America, EAB has spread into 15 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces; Ontario and Quebec. EAB was first confirmed in New York in June 2009 near Randolph, in western Cattaraugus County.

The natural spread of EAB infestations in North America is about 2 miles per year, depending on the infestation intensity. However, the rapid spread of the beetle through North America is most likely due to the transport of infested firewood, ash nursery stock, unprocessed ash logs, and other ash products. In an effort to slow the continued spread of EAB, both Federal and State agencies have instituted quarantines of infested areas to regulate the transport of ash products.

Recent News Coverage Video on EAB

New York State Invasive Species Website Related to EAB

2011 Global Environmental Action Conference Tokyo, Japan

Sr. Extension Associate Keith Tidball was invited to present at the GEA International Conference 2011 entitled Building Sustainable Societies through Reconstruction, Working with the International Community for Regenerating Japan,” held in Tokyo, Japan on 14th and 15th of October, 2011. The Conference was opened with the attendance of H.I.H Crown Prince, Naruhito, GEA Chairman, Mr. Juro Saito and Mr.Yoshihiko Noda Prime Minister of Japan. Director-General of GEA, Ms. Wakako Hironaka presided over the Conference as its Chair. Sr Extension Associate Keith Tidball.

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito

Japan’s Prime Minister Noda

Keith  Tidball of Cornell University Civic  Ecology Lab and NY EDEN

The conference was organized by the Global Environmental Action (GEA) supported by the Government of Japan, namely, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and Ministry of the Environment. The Conference aimed to undertake a high-level policy dialogue in order to articulate concrete measures to realize sustainable societies not only in Japan, but also in the international community, capitalizing on Japan’s experience of the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters.