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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 - Jun 18, 2023
Community Scientists and Educators Celebrate Climate Stories

The Thriving Earth Exchange project aims to amplify climate narratives in migrant communities. A science educator and artist, Amaris Alanis-Ribeiro, center director of the North Park Village Nature Center in northwest Chicago, noticed the changing demographics of Albany Park and realized the potential of partnering with their local community to share stories, inspire conversations, and celebrate unique cultures and identities across Chicago. Learn more about how Alanis-Ribeiro maintains a connection to her artistic interests, while forging a path in science outreach leadership.

Article - May 13, 2023
Nuclear Sector Deep Dive: Revisiting a Source of Carbon-Free Energy

Learn more about the recent history of nuclear energy usage in the United States and how both national and state-level policies are shaping its future.

Article - Apr 6, 2023
Electrical engineer cultivates resilience, adaptability, and balance within teams and individuals

ESAL chats with Molita Sloan, who has spent much of her career in the engineering and tech sector supporting organizational effectiveness and as a life coach for Women in STEM.

Article - Mar 11, 2023
Rebuilding Communities Devastated by Fire

Tyler Pew puts his design and build skills to use rebuilding his hometown. The experienced designer, advocate, and civic enthusiast gained attention for his assistance and leadership in the rebuilding of rural Greenville, CA, following the devastation caused by the Dixie Fire in 2021.

Article - Mar 11, 2023
COVES: Supporting People With Disabilities

Biomedical engineering PhD student Casie Slaybaugh shares how she combined her science policy and personal passions as a fellow working with the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

Article - Dec 18, 2022
Energy Engineer Helps Reduce Transportation’s Climate Impact

Learn about how Arpit Soni uses his background in energy engineering to support efforts towards climate action in California and beyond.

Article - Oct 8, 2022
CEELAB: Restoring Florida’s Estuaries Through Collaboration

By Robin Mays The Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab (CEELAB) was founded in 1997 at the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a focus on the ecology of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, conservation biology, and restoration. CEELAB, along with collaborators and partners such as the Marine Discovery Center, the National Park Service, and several Florida […]

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 […]

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