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Topic: Civics

Understanding how your local government functions is a critical foundation to effective local engagement.


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Article - Jul 17, 2022
Bradford Pear Bounty: Swapping stinky nuisances for native beauty

ESAL spoke with Kelly Oten, an assistant professor at NCSU, to the North Carolina Bradford Pear Bounty's goals and its collaboration with North Carolina State University (NCSU) Extension, and the state’s Forest Service, Urban Forest Council, and Wildlife Federation to remove the ‘Bradford’ pear, an invasive and nuisance species in the South.

Event - Apr 15, 2022
Addressing Plastic Waste Through Local Engagement

As a lightweight, inexpensive, and durable material which can be utilized in a wide range of applications, plastic is ubiquitous.  The United States leads the world as the largest generator of plastic packaging waste on a per-capita basis.  Despite its usefulness, scientists have raised concerns that plastic waste could lead to damaging environmental and health […]

Article - Feb 22, 2022
Native American and Other Experts Monitor Penobscot Watershed in Maine

Water quality field/lab technician Jan Paul and water resources planner Angie Reed discuss the importance of sharing data they collect and analyze from the Penobscot River with tribal, state, and federal audiences. Learn more about how the pair utilize its skills to improve public health outreach for Penobscot citizens.

Article - Feb 21, 2022
Cibolo Center for Conservation: Creating Community-Based Resource Stewardship

The Cibolo Center for Conservation uses science to inform decision-makers about practices and policies that affect the quality of life in the region and to promote natural resource conservation. Learn more about their mission and unique approach to community citizen science.

Article - Feb 3, 2022
Science Policy in Action: Making Local Connections

On December 13th, ESAL discussed perspectives on outreach and inclusivity with a panel of water experts. Learn how the panelists have worked towards contributing to science communication and making science accessible to everyone.

Article - Jan 12, 2022
Local Science Engagement Network: Equipping Scientists for Policy Impact

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with the Local Science Engagement Network's campaign director Daniel Barry to learn more about how the program aims to equip scientists with tools for building long-term relationships with policymakers.

Article - Dec 24, 2021
Writing Science Notes for Missouri Policy Makers

Developmental psychology PhD candidate Nanxi Xu recalls her experience with writing an impactful science note through the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network and how it contributed to increased awareness of education and mental health considerations across the state of Missouri.

Article - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving in the Finance and Appropriations Committee

Integrative life sciences PhD candidate Adele Balmer shares her experience with policymaking in Virginia and how the results from a mathematical model she built has inspired her to work in science policy after graduation.

Article - Sep 16, 2021
Navigating the City Budget Process to Achieve Community Outcomes

Senior Budget Analyst of Fort Collins, CO, Cody Forst chats with us about a typical municipal budget timeline and how crucial involvement from community members through online feedback and participatory budgeting aid in the process.

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