EECapacity and its Partners have produced a number of exciting resources, with generous support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. New resources will be added throughout the life of the project. 


EE Research


Environmental education (EE) is in a powerful position to address climate change because of its history of incorporating science with policy education, and proven ability to evolve in response to social and environmental change. The purpose of the paper is to stimulate discussion about the implications of climate change for EE practice, and to suggest ways that EE practices might effectively address climate change.
As the need not only to mitigate but also to adapt to climate change becomes ever more urgent, the role of environmental education (EE) in climate adaptation raises challenging questions. The goal of this paper is to open a discussion about the role of EE in climate change adaptation education.
How to successfully integrate individuals into society following incarceration is a critical issue facing the U.S. To address this issue, prisons throughout the country have partnered with local educators, environmental organizations, and outdoor facilities to offer programs for inmates that link environmental stewardship with vocational training and education. Based on a review of the relevant prison studies literature and of programs in place in the U.S., the authors present the steps that are being taken to reduce barriers to reentry by means of environmental stewardship work.
By: Cassandra Carmichael, Executive Director, National Religious Partnership for the Environment
On September 11th, 2012, people from the US military, from organizations that serve wounded veterans, and from academia gathered to spend three days to attend a Returning Warriors Fall Workshop at 4H Camp Wabasso in Jefferson County New York, near Fort Drum. This 3 day workshop included interaction with outdoor and environmental education experts, scientists studying the value of nature contact and outdoor recreation for returning warriors, land managers, veterans, and managers of outdoor recreation programs for veterans. This report summarizes the activities and outcomes of the workshop.
The report includes an overview of the literature on urban environmental education, and definitions of urban environmental education offered by educators. We have focused on the academic literature and have attempted to capture the very beginnings of a rich and growing urban environmental education tradition.

Research Articles and Book Chapters

Urban environmental education helps students to recognize ecological features and practices of cities. To understand the value and practice of developing such ecological place meaning, we conducted narrative research with educators and students in urban environmental education programs in the Bronx, New York City.
Online courses play an increasing role in professional development of environmental educators, yet little information is available on the interactive processes involved in online learning. The authors examined the relationship of interactions in an urban environmental education online course to course outcomes and also conducted a content analysis of course materials and participant-generated content.
Measuring social capital among youth: Applications for environmental education. Environmental Education Research. Krasny, M.E., Kalbacker, L., Stedman, R., and Russ A. (2013)

Social Media

A Facebook group to share ideas and resources about environmental education in urban settings.

Student Projects

Download lesson plans and case studies developed by participants of online professional development courses.
Download lessons, activities, and outreach ideas developed by participants of the Spring 2014 online professional development course Environmental Education: Working with Faith-based Communities.
EE and Faith Resources.pdf3.12 MB
EECapacity (2012). Measuring EE Outcomes. Instruments developed by participants of an online professional development course. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
2012 MEEO Tools.pdf8.27 MB
2014 MEEO Tools.pdf9.14 MB


This publication, created by environmental educators in EECapacity’s 2013 Climate Change EE Project-based Online Learning Community Alliance (POLCA), includes a needs assessment, research-based approaches, academic standards for social studies, science, and common core, and learner-focused inquiries to help educators advance multidisciplinary climate change programs for K-to-gray learners and teachers.
This module summarizes some of the key research on how we understand and influence environmental behavior. It uses a range of literature to address common questions asked by conservation practitioners. These answers represent an initial step toward compiling and synthesizing literature related to the planning process outlined in the Tools of Engagement (described above). In the future, we hope to add to the content as we receive new questions, research tips, and feedback from colleagues.
An online tool that will help you consider how education programs can help achieve larger goals. Use this visual and written activity to aid your understanding of what you as an environmental education or youth and community development professional hope to accomplish and how.
A downloadable curriculum to help groups explore the diverse perspectives we have on environmental education.
The EECapacity Project is offering a webinar series for professors of education. The series is designed to encourage and support higher education faculty members to bring environmental education into their work with pre-service teachers. Any professor of education may attend the webinars.
A number of individuals involved in the EECapacity project, including including Marianne Krasney, Alex Kudryavstev, Pepe Marcos-Iga, Candice Russell, and Phil Silva have contributed short essays to this blog, discussing urban EE.
This toolkit is a step-by-step planning guide to help professionals working in conservation focus on their project goals and think about how to best engage people in the process. It also focuses on linking environmental protection with improving the quality of people’s lives, understanding what motivates people to take action, and how to work with diverse stakeholders.



Information about Civic Ecology including research articles and papers. (The Civic Ecology Lab is the home for EECapacity.)
Videos of, by, and for environmental educators.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) environmental education resources. EECapacity is U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Education Training Program.
An online “evaluation consultant” created to assist you with your evaluation needs.
Information for environmental education practitioners from research studies.
Resources that help you design and implement effective environmental education programs.
Information about the Association and its activities. NAAEE is an EECapacity partner.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency funds the EECapacity Project through a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab. This website was developed under Assistant Agreement No. NT-83497401 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed are solely those of EECapacity, and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.