Environmental Awareness: What Can Science Centers Do?

November 15th, 2003 - Posted in 2003, Dimensions by Christina Jones

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November/December 2003

In a 2004 report, Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century, the National Science Foundation identifies understanding of the relationships among people, ecosystems, and the biosphere as key to meeting environmental challenges. We cannot begin to solve problems like climate change, degradation of freshwater resources, loss of biodiversity, and the globalization of disease, the report says, until we become aware of the “footprint of human activity.” Efforts by science centers and museums to help visitors (and their own staffs) see that footprint more clearly are the subject of this issue.

CONTENTS
• A Sustainable Strategy: Tracking the Triple Bottom Line, by Nancy Stueber
• A Children’s Museum Goes Green: The Path to LEED Certification, by Paul Pearson
• Walking the walk: Conservation Practices at an Environmental Science Center, by Sally Anne Giedrys and Janet Sefton
• Sustainable Development at NMSI, by Scott Butler
Environmental Guidelines for Exhibit Design, by Kathleen McLean
• What’s Reasonable to Expect? Gauging Visitors’ Grasp of Conservation Messages, by Jeff Hayward
• Changing Minds: Learning Outcomes in Environmental Education, by Kirsten Ellenbogen, Martin Storksdieck and Joe Heimlich
• Activing Locally: Community-Based Conservation Programming, by Donna Murray, Cheryl D. McCallum and Joaquin Fargas

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