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Environmental Studies and Reports

  • Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis
    This report identifies who birders are, where they live, how avid they are, and what kinds of birds they watch. In addition to demographic information, this report also provides an economic measure of birding, placing bird-watching related expenditures at over $82 billion in 2006.
  • Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities
    Presented by NOAA and the EPA, this guide helps create coastal and waterfront specific strategies for development, identifies development challenges and opportunities along the water, and provides specific approaches for smart growth.
  • Great Lakes Wind Council Report, September 1, 2009
    Providing a roadmap for the sustainable development of offshore wind energy resources in the Great Lakes, the report identifies the 537 square miles of state-owned bottomlands considered to be most favorable for the sustainable development of offshore wind energy.  It also identifies areas that need to be protected by a buffer zone, such as shorelines and habitats of threatened species, and offers appropriate recommendations to guide any development of offshore wind energy.
  • In Environmental Push, Looking to Add Diversity in Environmental Movement
    This article addresses the need for racial diversity in the environmental movement as more Americans support environmentally friendly practices.
  • How Farm Animal Production Impacts the Environment
    This new Pew Commission report, based on a thirty-month investigation into industrial farm animal production, illustrates how US food animal production is not economically or environmentally sustainable. The report, Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America, details the risks to public health, the environment, and animal welfare.
  • Less Classroom Time Spent on Elementary Science
    Results from a Center on Education Policy (CEP) survey shows that approximately 62% of school districts increased the amount of time spent in elementary schools on reading and language arts and/or math, while 44% of districts cut time on science, social studies, art and music, physical education, lunch, and/or recess. The survey examined the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how the allocation of time across subjects has changed since the 2001-2002 school year, when NCLB was enacted.
  • Cultural Competency: What It Is and Why It Matters
    By Laurie Olsen, Jhumpa Bhattacharya, and Amy Scharf. Have recently published a study titled Cultural Competency: What It Is and Why It Matters. This report takes a deeper look at the cultural implications of environmental growth and sustainability and emphasizes that these aspects cannot be ignored. Through integrating cultural cognizance into environmental practices, these authors feel that the desired goals will be more obtainable and sustaining.
  • Go Team Green!
    Samantha Cleaver investigates how engaging children in outdoor education has proven to be a positive compliment to the traditional classroom setting. Cleaver analyzes the effects of integrating non-traditional methods of teaching and shows the immense benefits gained through this approach.
  • Taproot Outdoor Education Journal
    This press release  from the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors at the State University of New York , (SUNY) contains Ecopsychology issue links to tools to increase personal, social and environmental well-being and sustainability.
  • Africa Environment Outlook (AEO)
    The Africa Environment Outlook for Youth (AEO) is the youth version of the AEO report and has resulted from the combined efforts of young people from all over Africa. It is a report of Africa's environment through the eyes of Africa's youth. This book presents its message through articles, poems, proverbs, drawings and paintings.
  • Education on Energy - Teaching Tomorrow's Consumers
    From the European Commission's Energy Transport DG.ManagEnergy survey report "Education on Energy - Teaching tomorrow's energy consumers" was published by the European Commission's Energy and Transport DG in early 2006 and is being distributed widely throughout Europe. Survey results show student interest in environmental and energy issues.
  • Water, Our Way of Life: An Action Guide for Community Leaders
    This guide explains key principles in encouraging participation in water protection and conservation.  The goal is to be a catalyst for creating ways to engage residents in improving their water resources.
  • Survey Results of Public Attitudes towards Natural Resources
    Responsive Management specializes in opinion and attitude research on natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. The 2004 e-reports are   on how the public values natural resources; what the participation and   attitudes are toward specific issues such as the management of wildlife, endangered species issues; and many more.
  • Australian Study on Sustainability
    The study documents the experiences, achievements and lessons learned from nationwide, whole-school initiatives developing around the world. International initiatives such as Enviroschools, Eco-schools, Learnscapes and Green Schools were reviewed to assist in identifying key features and critical success factors which characterize a Sustainable School.  E-copies are downloadable from the Web site.
  • Nature Helps Fight ADHD
    "A Potential Natural Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Evidence from a National Study" by Frances Kuo, PhD, and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that hands-on structured outdoor activities improve behavior and produces positive results for students with ADHD.
  • Create a Nature Center
    The National Association of Interpretation has announced the publication of the revised version of The Nature Center Book:  How to create and Nurture a Nature Center in Your Community.  The revised edition, co-authored by Brent Evans and Carolyn Chipman Evans, provides up-to-date information and expanded discussion of topics key to nature center development.  The 200 page full-color book also successfully provides readers with an understanding of the connection between the formal classroom setting and nature centers in their community.  It outlines lessons learned since the first edition and important new developments in the field of nature center development and environmental education.
  • "Interaction with Nature during the Middle Years: It's Importance to Children's Development"
    This is an article by Randy White, discussing the importance of the greening of schoolyards as natural schoolyards where children can interact with nature and as a result develop positive environmental values. 
  • Michigan Forest Health Highlights
    This annual publication of the DNR Forest Health Program provides an overview of forest health issues affecting Michigan's 19.3 million acres of forestland.  Exotic pests such as the emerald ash borer, beech bark disease, hemlock wooly adelgid, and oak wilt all pose serious threats to the valuable state resource that is our forestland.  Forest Health Highlights help to educate Michigan residents about their role in stopping the movement of these pests and is an important part of these efforts.  For more information on the publication, please contact Robert Heyd, DNR Forest Pest Management Program (heydr@michigan.gov, 906-226-1324) or Roger Mech, DNR Forest Health Monitoring Program (mechr@michigan.gov, 517-335-4408). 
  • United Nations Publications on Climate Change
    Publications on climate change are one of United Nations' actions undertaken to achieve Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in September 2000. https://unp.un.org/browse.aspx?subject=11
  • Scientific Facts on Ecosystem Change
    A "synthesis" of multiple independent reports that answers high-level questions like: "How have ecosystems and their services changed? How have these changes affected human well-being? How might ecosystems change in the future, and what are the implications for human well-being?" The individual reports were mostly spatially partitioned into different areas of the world, and answered those questions in ways appropriate for the participating institutions. Also available is an easy-to-read version from GreenFacts.
  • Americans and Climate Change
    The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies convened a group of leaders to discuss why the scientific consensus on climate change has not produced action in the U.S. commensurate with the threat. The synthesis of their findings and recommendations for action are in the book Americans and Climate Change. Order or download for free from the Web site by linking on the link above.
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