This book was written by more than 50 environmental educators in the United States who participated in an online learning community “Urban Environmental Education” in April–December 2014 (online community facilitator and book editor: Alex Russ). This online learning and networking was one of the professional development activities organized by EECapacity, a national EPA-funded environmental education training project conducted by the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and partner organizations.

Urban environmental education programs contribute in different ways to human well-being and environmental integrity in cities. These programs focus, for example, on community environmental leadership, positive youth development, urban natural areas, urban environmental restoration, green infrastructure, sustainable urban planning, green jobs, environmental art, urban agriculture, and environmental justice. Urban environmental education is a diverse and rapidly developing field.