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A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

With this guide, cities can take advantage of the SDG framework and other cities’ experiences, saving valuable time and resources in setting goals and strategies while not reinventing the wheel. This guide also provides case studies and examples from U...

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2/7/19
The Impact of Royal Botanic Gardens’ Community Greening

Community gardening is one of myriad ways in which humans and nature interact. A primary
objective of the study was to ascertain the impact of the Community Greening program on new participants.

Of specific interest was the inherent need...

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1/16/19
Sustainability education in a botanical garden promotes environmental knowledge, attitudes and willingness to act

Creating behavior change to mobilize transitions toward sustainability is a significant challenge of our time. Inspired by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Farmer Field School, we developed a novel community-based education...

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1/16/19
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
Fourth National Climate Assessment

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.
More frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes
in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to...

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11/29/18
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
An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper

The US Water Alliance developed this briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face. This paper is inspired and informed by the contributions of diverse stakeholders—utility managers,...

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4/20/18
The Value of Community Engagement in Botanic Gardens with Examples from The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has community engagement at its core. With health and environmental challenges facing society, its mission “to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future” is more important and...

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4/13/18
Outside Our Doors

The Nature Conservancy have worked carefully to present a comprehensive analysis of current evidence on how our human communities need nature in and around them to thrive. This report presents a panoramic view of how our cities and towns benefit from...

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2/14/18
Nature's Riches: The Health and Financial Benefits of Nearby Nature

Nearly 40 years of scientific research demonstrates that the experience of nature in cities contributes to our health and wellness. Having nearby nature in the vicinity of one’s everyday life – whether during your...

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2/14/18
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
SEL Field Guide

The Social and Emotiona Learning (SEL) Challenge was designed to identify promising practices for empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. The Challenge was a partnership in eight...

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1/23/18
Great Urban Parks Campaign: Case Studies

These case studies are successful examples of community engagement, design and planning, fostering partnerships, and procuring funding at parks in Baltimore, Denver, and Atlanta. 

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12/20/17
Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs: Pathways, Partnerships and Fidelity

How to scale (“pathways”), whom to involve (“partnerships”), and retention of program quality (“fidelity”) are three strategic decisions that can be critical to the scale up of beneficial social programs in societies. This report examines various ways...

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11/7/17
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
Let's Lead On Climate

This guide features stories from organizations and communities across America that have successfully engaged their constituents in programs and initiatives to elevate climate leadership, action, and solutions. From nurses to pastors to local leaders,...

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11/6/17
The Science and Politics of Human Well-being: A Case Study in Cocreating Indicators for Puget Sound Restoration

Across scientific fields, there have been calls to improve the integration of scientific knowledge in policy making. Particularly since the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem...

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10/23/17
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
Holocaust Survivors and War Veterans: Unique Rehabilitation Programs for Socially Aware Gardens

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens has pioneered a change in the role public gardens play in their community. A large part of their social programming is dedicated to rehabilitation programs for demographics that are specific to the geographical location:...

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7/7/17

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