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Creating Community and Environmental Impact: The Rutgers Environmental Stewards. Bruce Barbour Environmental Program Leader for Rutgers Cooperative Extension with Internal:
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Environmental Program Leader for Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Jan Zientek, Mary Cummings, Chris Obropta, Joe Ponessa, Mary Powers Nikola, Stephanie Murphy, Lisa Evard, Dave Robinson, Dave Specca, Joe Paulin, Rebecca Jordan, Paul Gottleib.
Duke Farms Foundation, Conservation Resources Inc., Nj Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, NJ Conservation Foundation, the County Environmental Health Officers of Burlington, Someraet and Essex Counties, The NJ Bureau of Geology, The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, The Passaic River Coalition, D&R Greenway, Upper Raritan Watershed Association, South Branch Watershed Association, Hanson Park Conservancy, Great Swamp Watershed, Montgomery Friends of Open Space, Hunterdon Land Trust Alliance, Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Hackensack Riverkeeper.
Environmental issues are central to New Jersey’s future growth, development and well-being. Citizens trained in basic science and communication skills can effectively participate in local and statewide environmental decision and policy making, avoiding the wastes of time and money that occur when environmental issues are decided primarily by politics and emotion.
The Rutgers Environmental Steward program provides training and experience which equips participants to contribute effectively to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in the communities of New Jersey.
A major issue that invites a volunteer based solution
Graduates will be knowledgeable about:
2 locations in 2005
2 locations in 2006
3 locations in 2007
4 or 5 locations planned for 2008
Geology and Soils
Water in the hydrologic Cycle – the Watershed
Ecology – Living Systems
Leadership – Social Systems
-Evaluation designed by Dr. Rebecca Jordan
The group consider themselves greatly empathetic toward the environment. In spite of this, 77% in 2005 and 88% in 2006 reported considerable gains in empathy that can be attributed to the environmental stewards course.
The group considers themselves to be moderately knowledgeable about environmental science. 97% in ‘05 and 96% in ‘06 report considerable gains in their environmental science knowledge.
The group considers themselves moderately knowledgeable. 83% in ’05 and 96% in ’06 report gains in their understanding in these areas.
The group believes they have moderate influence over how environmental problems/issues are resolved. 55% in ’05 and 81% in ’06 feel that the course has contributed to a moderate increase in the belief that they can influence environmental problem resolution.
89% reported increased enthusiasm and confidence.