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Topic: Environment

Many environmental issues are inherently local. State legislatures and agencies often establish the regulations implemented by local governments in a range of areas that include air and water quality, development and industrial activity, environmental impacts on people’s health, and many others. Cities and counties develop local ordinances that implement environmental standards and establish task forces and commissions with the responsibility of developing approaches that work for a specific community. Environmental policies are often linked to the outcomes in other issue areas, including climate, energy, waste, transportation, and the economy.


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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 - Mar 18, 2022
Forest ReLeaf: Bringing the Benefits of Trees to Communities

ESAL had the opportunity to speak with Meridith Perkins, current executive director of nonprofit Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, about canopy coverage in underserved communities and the importance of environmental education. Learn more about how Meridith brings empowers the local community with skills and opportunities to combat climate change in their own backyard.

Article - Nov 30, 2021
Biologist Steps Up to Empower Environmental Justice Communities with Data

ESAL spoke with biologist, environmental and social justice advocate, and founder Monica Unseld about her experiences with environmental justice and how they have shaped her efforts in empowering communities to hold large corporations responsible for adequate public health.

Article - Sep 14, 2021
MCC: Knowledge Co-Production for Natural Resource Management

ESAL speaks to a former and current members of Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) to learn about how they supports and connect local natural resource managers, researchers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, community leaders, and graduate students on the Island of Hawaiʻi Island to build adaptive capacity.

Article - Jul 8, 2021
Addressing Plastic Waste Through Local Engagement

On April 28, 2021, ESAL discussed with professionals in the field about plastic waste and science-informed efforts to mitigate the harmful effects of it.

Article - Mar 14, 2021
The Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence: Minimizing Conflict Between People & Nature

ESAL spoke with Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC) Director and wildlife biologist Kevin Crooks, and with Assistant Professor and conservation psychologist Rebecca Niemiec about the Center’s role in the reintroduction of gray wolves to Colorado and associated public engagement efforts.

Article - Feb 14, 2021
The BLOCK Project: Addressing Homelessness Sustainably

The BLOCK Project is a grassroots program confronting the challenge of skyrocketing rent and property values. The project builds detached accessory dwelling units in backyards to house people. To date, the project has built 10 homes, with another 5 anticipated within the next year.

Article - Dec 13, 2020
Conservation Federation of Missouri: Protecting the State’s Natural Resources

The Conservation Federation of Missouri's (CFM) mission is to ensure that the state’s wildlife, natural resources, and rich outdoor heritage are preserved through advocacy, education, and partnerships. ESAL spoke with Colton Zirkle, education and communications coordinator at CFM, to learn more about their work advocating for the Missouri outdoors.

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