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An Introduction to Engaging Diverse Audiences

Based on local and national best practices for equity and inclusion work—and some promising applications in the local arts community—RACC has developed six building blocks to help organizations foster equitable access to the arts by increasing the...

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10/16/19
Asset-Based Community Development Institute Toolkit

The following is a collection of tools from ABCD faculty members as well as individuals and organizations that embody the principles of ABCD in their work. The addition of the toolkit was made possible by a generous grant from the Alumnae of...

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10/16/19
Top 10 Plants: Increasing Awareness of Plants

Urbanization, lack of contact with the natural world, and growing up removed from agriculture has contributed to a void of knowledge relating to food and food production, along with a phenomenon known as plant blindness. We sought to change this lack...

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9/26/19
Intersecting urban forestry and botanical gardens to address big challenges for healthier trees, people, and cities

Improving urban forests is one of the solutions to achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and making cities healthier and more livable for people. Priority should be given to protecting mature trees and promoting long‐...

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7/15/19
Resetting the table for people and plants: Botanic gardens and research organizations collaborate to address food and agricultural plant blindness

Of the myriad gifts plants provide to humanity, food is among the most visible, as everyone needs to eat, every single day. Due to their universal importance, food and agricultural plants would appear to represent ideal entryways to address plant...

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5/28/19
Connecting People to Nature: From Caring to Conservation and More

Hear from three experts exploring research, strategies, and benefits of connecting people to nature: Louise Chawla, University of Colorado; Lauren Watkins, Impact by Design; and Sheila Williams-Ridge, University of Minnesota. 

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5/20/19
Climate Change in the American Mind: Data, Tools, and Trends

In this article, we examine how the general public in the United States has viewed global warming over the past decade, identifying important trends in public understanding of global warming,
their perceptions of the risks, varying degrees of...

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4/18/19
Adopt-A-Pond/Field/Park Example Documents

Attached are a series of documents from various institutions and states that desribe their Adopt-A-Pond, Field, or Park Programs. These documents can serve as templates for those interested in adopting their own specific guidelines, applications, and...

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4/1/19
Public Education and Outreach Opportunities for Crop Wild Relatives in North America

Successful programs of crop wild relative (CWR) exploration, conservation, and utilization are ultimately dependent on sustained public prioritization and support, which in turn requires public awareness and engagement. Here we discuss the importance...

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12/18/18
The Branding of Botanical Gardens for the 21st Century

The purpose of this study is to look at botanical gardens, in light of their unique and diverse initiatives, and seek to discover attempts at, and the success of, destination branding in the tourism sector. There was a relatively small group of diverse...

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12/13/18
The Development of a Thirteen Year Research-Practice Partnership: How the School District, Eight Cultural Institutions, and University Participants Collaborate to Support New York City Science Teachers and Learners

This paper examines Urban Advantage, a thirteen-year partnership in New York City, between eight cultural institutions (botanical gardens among them) and the Department of Education, as a ‘case’ of a long-lasting research practice partnership that has...

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9/17/18
Field Guide to Conservation in Cities in North America

This Field Guide to Conservation in Cities captures the collective experience of The Nature Conservancy and Center for Whole Communities (CWC) from 2014 to 2016, as they initiated a network of urban conservation programs in 12 cities across the United...

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4/24/18
Community Outreach Toolkit

This EPA toolkit uses examples from outreach efforts in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin to provide a helpful framework for state and local agencies, watershed groups, nongovernmental organizations and others in developing effective...

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1/31/18
Let's Talk Communities & Climate

This guide features research-proven practices for successful climate communication and can play a vital role in every community leader’s tool kit. From talking points to counterpoints, “dos” and “don’ts,” proven steps to create your own custom message...

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11/6/17
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance

To help increase awareness of these challenges and to address them, the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica sponsored this report, Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance. This is an updated and...

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11/6/17
Let's Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate U.S. Latinos

Climate change is not a new issue for Latinos living in the United States. Many Latino leaders have provided leadership on climate, and organizations are working to engage Latinos in solutions. Latino climate leadership is accelerating, but further ...

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11/6/17
A New Approach to Conservation: Using Community Empowerment for Sustainable Well-being

The global environmental conservation community recognizes that the participation of local communities is essential for the success of conservation initiatives; however, much work remains to be done on how to integrate conservation and human...

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10/23/17
The Role of Public Gardens in Sustainable Community Development

This project directly addresses that gap in the public gardens’ knowledge of how to embed their unique expertise into the broader agenda of sustainable community development. It carefully records the choices confronting gardens and communities from the...

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10/30/15

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