The PSE is currently engaged in a number of projects that study environmental stewardship and activism. Studying both civic groups and individual citizens, as well as the connections between them, these projects are focused on understanding the relationship between environmentalism and democracy. Projects at the PSE also study climate politics at multiple scales of governance. Current research looks at civil society participation and hybrid arrangements in climate governance and understanding the US climate policy network.
Funded studies include:
THE STEWARDSHIP MAPPING AND ASSESSMENT PROJECT (STEW-MAP)
This project, which is a collaboration with colleagues at the US Forest Service, studies how civic groups are working together to steward their local communities in cities within the Northeastern United States. In 2007, we conducted a census of stewardship groups in New York City. In 2013, we began to conduct a census of stewardship groups in Philadelphia. At this point, this project is part of a national initiative that is supported by the US Forest Service.
A whitepaper reporting preliminary findings from the survey is now available.
UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE WATERSHED STEWARDS ACADEMIES IN MARYLAND
This project assesses the organizational and environmental effectiveness of these academies that have diffused across the state of Maryland to train "Watershed Stewards." This project is funded by Maryland Sea Grant and began in spring 2014.
Click here to read the whitepaper reporting results from the first year of this study.
Click here to read the whitepaper reporting results from the second year of this study.
Clik here to read the final whitepaper reporting results from organizational interivews.
Read some of our our recently published articles and white papers.
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