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Build Indiana’s capacity to conserve its environment and natural resources.

Background

Environmental issues are a growing concern for many Hoosiers. People worry about the quality of our water, the condition of landfills, the rate natural environments are converted to urban space, and the impact societal choices and business practices have on our health and climate. If ignored, these pressures will likely degrade our living environment.

By educating Indiana youth and adults about sustainable environmental practices and lifestyle choices, we expect a better quality of life for Hoosiers today and in the future. Our goal is to design science-based, natural resource and environmental science education and action programs focused on best practices. These programs will help individuals, communities, and businesses discuss environmental issues in a scientific context and implement successful strategies to protect Indiana’s environment and natural resources.

Who We’ll Engage

We will engage agricultural producers, agribusinesses, environmental groups, local leaders, government agencies, homeowners, teachers, students, 4-H members and volunteers, and members of other groups who have an interest in our land and environment.

Intended Outcomes

Residents (including youth), businesses, and communities will develop and implement mitigation strategies to enhance environmental and natural resource sustainability. Communities will participate in water stewardship programs to enhance rivers, creeks, and other Indiana waterways. We anticipate a more robust, science-informed public dialogue on factors and emerging trends that affect environmental sustainability with a special focus on practices that may affect the climate.

Action Objectives

  • Design and implement natural resource education resources and programs including a set of best management practices for natural resource management.
  • Collaborate with other organizations and agencies that have similar interests to build large-scale initiatives.
  • Encourage applied research and demonstration projects in environmental sciences.
  • Improve the environmental stewardship and leadership of community groups, including 4-H members and volunteers, Master Gardeners, Extension Educators, Extension Specialists, etc.

Success Indicators

  • Communities or groups will implement or participate in Purdue Extension-led environmental stewardship activities.
  • Stewardship projects will improve specific natural resource sites.
  • The public conversation will be more informed on environmental sustainability issues such as climate change.

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