Eco-Anxiety At University: Student Experiences And Academic Perspectives On Cultivating Healthy Emotional Responses To The Climate Crisis, 2017 University of Colorado at Boulder
Eco-Anxiety At University: Student Experiences And Academic Perspectives On Cultivating Healthy Emotional Responses To The Climate Crisis, Anna Kelly
Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection
This research looks at the overall question of how planetary health impacts mental health and psychological welling. The central focus is eco-anxiety—mental distress caused by climate change and environmental degradation—and how it manifests in university students. In order to gather data for this research I collected 114 student survey responses, interviewed seven young adults (ages 20-25), and interviewed seven experts in the fields of psychology and environmental studies.
They survey results show high levels of general stress and anxiety, high levels of stress and anxiety related to climate change and the state of the world, and a very ...
The Roles Of Activism And Citizen Science In The Area Covered By The East Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement, Ian Corbet
Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection
For this Independent Study Project, I have examined the roles of activism and citizen science under the East Gippsland Regional Forestry Act. I conducted the study in the hopes of understanding better how activists have contributed to the overall conservation of the forests of East Gippsland. As the government has recently extended the twenty year agreement for another year, I wanted to determine if the real stakeholders of the conservation movement were taken into account. I sought the perspectives of people involved in the either the administration, implementation or opposition to the RFA. This ended up being eight people in ...
Public Perception Of Leadership In The Municipal Solid Waste Sector, 2017 University of Nebraska Lincoln
Public Perception Of Leadership In The Municipal Solid Waste Sector, Allison Creeger
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Theses
No abstract provided.
How To Educate The Public While Providing A Portable Environmentally Enriched Wagon To A North American Porcupine, Madison Brianna Deal
Honors Projects and Posters
During scheduled times throughout the day, zookeepers will give educational presentations. It is important to allow animals to engage in natural behaviors. The objectives of this project were to (a) construct a wagon and (b) to ascertain if the wagon allowed for normal porcupine behaviors to be expressed during formal presentations at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. A wagon was designed and built, that took approximately 53 hours with two persons. To test the wagon’s effectiveness one North American Porcupine (7.3 kg) was used. Baseline: The porcupine spent ~76% of her time either on the stage ...
Lichen Tour Of Iowa State, 2017 Iowa State University
Lichen Tour Of Iowa State, Emma Barnes Runquist
Honors Projects and Posters
For my project, I have sought to bridge the disconnect between technology and the natural world though the creation of “The Iowa State Lichen Trail”, which is hosted on a mobile friendly website. The website will guide, students, staff, faulty and visitors across ISU’s campus, stopping at multiple locations. Since most of the visitors will have never learned about this organism before, I have included a “getting to know us” and “basic anatomy” page to help orient visitors. At each stop, there are multiple pictures guiding the user to locate and identify the key features of the lichen. Each ...
Environmentally Friendly Industries: An Examination Of Ecotourism As The Solution To The Environmental Degradation Caused By The International Tourism Industry, Whitney Michael
Honors Theses – Charlotte Campus
The increasing visibility of ecological alterations due to global climate change have required high-impact industries to reexamine their environmental impact. Transnational organizations such as the United Nations have identified the current management practices of the international tourism industry as a significant contributing factor to global warming. The high volume implications of the large-scale establishments necessary to lodging facilities in the tourism trade are responsible for damages such as resource depletion and pollution. Existing levels of environmental impact show irreparable and imminent damage to the world environment if current methods of the industry are allowed to continue.
New trends in consumer ...
From Planning To Passing: The Amherst, Massachusetts Plastic Bag Ban, 2017 University of Massachusetts Amherst
From Planning To Passing: The Amherst, Massachusetts Plastic Bag Ban, Kevin J. Hollerbach
This case study will detail the background and influences for a plastic bag ban in the town of Amherst, outline the steps taken from planning to passage, and address roadblocks and missteps that may be avoided with the implementation of future bans. It is my hope that this document will not only serve as a guide, but also an inspiration for additional local action in Massachusetts and across the country. No matter what the national political climate or attitude towards environmental issues, local action is always possible, and change is usually easier than you think. Think globally, act locally!
Umass Amherst Guide To Zero-Waste Events, 2017 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Umass Amherst Guide To Zero-Waste Events, Kevin J. Hollerbach, Ainsley Brosnan-Smith
As the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues to grow, and as programming for the campus community becomes an ever-rising priority, events organizers will need to consider the waste implications of every event to comply with state and University standards, goals, and policies. This "Guide to Zero-Waste Events" aims to streamline the planning process as well as provide tips and examples for follow-through to implementing a successful zero-waste event. The guide also presents actionable policy recommendations for the University to reduce waste and increase diversion from large-scale outdoor events on the UMass Amherst campus.
Evaluating Trophic Rewilding As A Conservation Technique, 2017 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois
Evaluating Trophic Rewilding As A Conservation Technique, Aaron Sieve
Biology: Student Scholarship & Creative Works
The focus for this paper is to define specifically trophic rewilding, determine its efficacy as a conservation technique, and explore ways to lessen one of its key limitations. Trophic rewilding is the conservation technique whereby an extirpated keystone species or ecosystem engineer is reintroduced into a degraded habitat to restore ecological function by triggering trophic cascades. The technique is evaluated through analysis of the concepts of trophic cascades and ecosystem engineers. Key limitations of trophic rewilding are that a lack of population control in reintroduced may cause issues, that many times not enough is known about trophic cascades to be ...
The Influence Of Ocean Acidification On The Economic Vitality Of Shellfish Hatcheries In The Pacific Northwest: A Meta-Analysis., 2017 University of Colorado, Boulder
The Influence Of Ocean Acidification On The Economic Vitality Of Shellfish Hatcheries In The Pacific Northwest: A Meta-Analysis., William Patsos
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Ocean acidification is the chemical process that results in the decrease of ocean pH levels. This decrease is caused by the diffusion of atmospheric carbon dioxide into Earth’s oceans. In other words, Earth’s oceans act as a carbon sink for atmospheric carbon. Prior to the industrial revolution in 1760, the ocean regulated the amount of carbon in earth’s atmosphere in a manner that did not threaten marine ecosystems. However, due to the increased combustion of fossil fuels due to rapid industrialization, urbanization, and population growth, oceans have begun to take up excessive amounts of carbon dioxide, resulting ...
Bridging The Gap: A Survey Of Agricultural Producers, Water Managers, And Others Regarding Water Usage And Water Efficiency Perceptions., 2017 University of Colorado, Boulder
Bridging The Gap: A Survey Of Agricultural Producers, Water Managers, And Others Regarding Water Usage And Water Efficiency Perceptions., Jake Heins
Undergraduate Honors Theses
This paper focuses on water usage and agricultural irrigation efficiency. However, it is not exactly a research paper. Most of the study concerns the thoughts and opinions of willing participants who were asked a series of questions regarding water use and irrigation practices. The bulk of the participants were agricultural producers (i.e. farmers and ranchers) who have some interest in the topic. Water professionals working in the private or academic sectors also participated, providing individual insights, and in some instances offered a counterpoint to arguments given by producers. The purpose being not only to enlighten me as to the ...
Recognizing The Interdependent Self: The Perception Of The Production And Consumption Of Meat At Bard College, Avery Evelyn Brown-Cross
Senior Projects Spring 2017
Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.
America's National Parks And The Anthropocene: Addressing The Present To Accommodate The Future In Acadia National Park, Sophie A. Swetz
In 2000, atmospheric chemist, Paul J. Crutzen, and limnologist, Eugene Stoermer, formally proposed the idea of “the Anthropocene,” a new geologic epoch in which humans are the dominant force shaping the Earth. To claim the Anthropocene's existence is to declare that human actions have altered the Earth in such a way that geologic indicators render it a distinct epoch in the stratification of geologic time. This new epoch emerges as a consequence of increased technological development employed to accommodate an anthropocentric human existence. That is, rapid advancements in technology have driven the transformation from a primarily naturally controlled planet ...
Increasing Public Skepticism In The Face Of Imminent Dangers From Climate Change: A Call For Science To Repair Rifts Between Society And Academia, Matthew W. Morrissey, Joshua Schmidt
Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current
This project is a composition of a literature review, our learning process, and an attached experimental project. The project as a whole sought to understood how and why policies/corporations resist environmentally sustainable practices/laws and makes suggestions for how to convince people to change their behaviors and utilize their power as consumers. Overall, our goal was to investigate and understand the relationship between science and the public by composing a literature review of environmental science, sociology, and psychology papers, and then compose a presentation that would communicate the threat of climate change. The interdisciplinary nature of climate change made ...
Localising The Global Eco-Schools Program In South Africa: A Postcolonial Analysis, 2017 Southern Cross University
Localising The Global Eco-Schools Program In South Africa: A Postcolonial Analysis, Elizabeth (Lisa) Ryan
Originally designed for a European context, Eco-schools is now the most widely adopted environmental education program globally. As such it has the capacity to significantly influence environmental education pedagogy and practice, yet little is known about its effect. This case study of Eco-School teachers in South Africa explores how they are both subject to and subject themselves to different teacher imaginaries and identities made available through Eco-Schooling discourses. Using postcolonial discourse analysis, I show how Eco-School teachers are both taking up and resisting dominant discourses available globally and locally, creating new hybrid identities that offer spaces for teacher agency.
University Of North Florida Environmental Center Annual Report 2017, 2017 University of North Florida
University Of North Florida Environmental Center Annual Report 2017, Maria Mark, James Taylor, Natalie Sassine, Tiffany Torres
2017 Annual Report of the Environmental Center at the University of North Florida
Before And After Attending An Environmental Education Program, 2017 Montclair State University
Before And After Attending An Environmental Education Program, Alejandra Maria Bozzolasco
Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects
The main objective of this dissertation is to utilize multiple instruments to measure urban children’s nature conceptions, ecological worldviews, and environmental perceptions and preferences, and to determine whether they are impacted by an environmental education (EE) intervention. This information is critical today in light of growing urbanization that is considered a contributor to nature deficit disorder (NDD) in which children, particularly urban children, are growing up distanced from the natural world, thereby impacting children’s development, public health, and the environment. Urban children from northern New Jersey who attended the New Jersey School of Conservation’s (NJSOC) EE program ...
Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition, 2017 Kansas State University
Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition, Colby J. Moorberg, David A. Crouse
The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.
The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is used in Kansas State University ...
Social Sustainability: The Role Of Ecotourism In Regenerating Cultural And Environmental Histories In Rio De Janeiro, Nia Mcallister
Pomona Senior Theses
Ecotourism is a rapidly growing global export industry that aims to uphold the ethics of responsible tourism by engaging with local communities and encouraging environmentally conscious travel. With existing critiques of the greenwashing of ecotourism and the tendency for tourism agencies to exploit host communities, I advocate for participatory community-based models of ecotourism. This thesis explores both the material and conceptual benefits of community-based ecotourism through the critical examination of community-based ecotourism projects in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Focusing on the implementation of ecotourism in of some of Rio de Janeiro’s peripheral communities, areas that are impacted by social ...
The Watershed Game: Land Use & Water Quality Subjects: Environmental Science, Marine/Ocean Science, Life Science/Biology Grades: 9-12, 2017 Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The Watershed Game: Land Use & Water Quality Subjects: Environmental Science, Marine/Ocean Science, Life Science/Biology Grades: 9-12, Shana Williamson
This lesson plan is a hands-on activity that allows students to explore how water and nutrients are transported from a watershed with three different land cover types and eventually ends up in a nearby stream.