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Talks at Twelve: Marianne Krasny, Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Resilience: Perspectives From Natural Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship, and Intergenerational Learning in Cities
Marianne Krasny, Prof. & Chair, Dept. of Natural Resources; Director of the Civic Ecology Lab, Cornell Univ.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Lunch will be served. This talk is open to all.  Metered parking is available across Plantations Rd. in The Plantations lot.

Resilience is a concept that has framed research in human development and in social and ecological systems. In this presentation, I will draw from Masten and Obradovic (2008), who have described how these two bodies of research could be integrated in addressing applied problems. After explaining how resilience is used in social-ecological systems research, I will apply this body of scholarship to the work of my colleagues and myself in the Civic Ecology Lab. More specifically, I will discuss our investigations into civic ecology practices, including community gardening, community forestry, and habitat restoration in cities, as sources of resilience and sites for intergenerational learning. I will also briefly introduce our EPA-funded national environmental education training program, which seeks to create platforms for exchange among educators holding different forms of knowledge so as to foster social innovations that become sources of system resilience (Moore & Westley 2011).

Literature Cited
Masten A.S. & Obradovic J. (2008). Disaster preparation and recovery: lessons from research on resilience in human development. Ecology and Society, 13, 9.

Moore M.-L. & Westley F. (2011). Surmountable Chasms: Networks and Social Innovation for Resilient Systems. Ecology and Society, 16, 5.

Marianne E. Krasny is a professor and chair in the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. Through her research and outreach, she works with community-based organizations to examine how self-organized, environmental stewardship practices in cities contribute to ecosystem services, civic renewal, and social-ecological systems resilience. She also directs EPA’s national environmental education training program, through which she fosters exchange of ideas between an emerging group of urban environmental educators and the more established environmental education community, with the goal of redefining environmental education for an urban society. Email:

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