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TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE Multimedia Teacher Education Programme

Close to one trillion people in the world do not have sufficient food for a healthy and active life. While much progress has been made towards food security in recent decades, without further urgent and coordinated action, poverty, hunger and malnutrition will continue to undermine the lives of hundreds of millions of people now and in years to come. The world’s population reached 6 billion people in 1999 and is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2025, when 83% of the world will be living in the South. However, our long-term ability to meet growing demands for food often seems uncertain. Thus, one of our greatest challenges is increasing food production in a sustainable manner so that everyone can be adequately and nutritiously fed without over-exploiting the Earth’s ecosystems. This module introduces the main goals of sustainable agriculture and examines a range of sustainable farming practices and case studies. As such, it develops an understanding of how sustainable farming can both enhance food production and ensure that natural resources are managed in the best way possible for long-term sustainability. The module also provides ideas about ways in which the theme of sustainable agriculture may be integrated into the curriculum as part of the process of reorienting education towards a sustainable future. Read More

Green Infrastructure (EPA)

Green infrastructure uses natural hydrologic features to manage water and provide environmental and community benefits. By improving the environment and preserving open space, green infrastructure supports sustainable communities. Read More

Threats to At-Risk Species in America's Private Forests: A Forests on the Edge Report

America’s private forests harbor thousands of species – from butterflies, bears, birds and bats; to salmon, snails and salamanders that inhabit streams and wetlands; to flowers, trees and shrubs that feed and protect wildlife and enrich human lives. Many native animals and plants found in private forests nationwide are at risk of decline or extinction, in part because of impacts of increasing housing development. The effects of development on at-risk species on private forests are intensified by additional impacts from fire, insects and disease. Read More

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. Read More

Drinking Water Management Act

This law was passed by the Republic of China (Taiwan) to safeguard public health by protecting drinking water resources from pollution by dumping, logging, industry, nuclear waste, ranching, recreation, mineral exploration and extraction, transportation, and other activities. Read More

The Kalahari Transect: Research on Global Change and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa

Library Holdings. The Kalahari Transect is proposed as one of IGBPs Transects (see Koch et al. 1995 [IGBP Report 36]). It is located so as to span the gradient between the arid subtropics and the moist tropics in southern Africa, a zone potentially susceptible to changes in the global precipitation pattern. Its focus is the relationships between the structure and function of ecosystems and their large-scale biophysical and human drivers (climate, atmosphere and land use). The Kalahari Transect spans a strong climatic gradient in southern Africa, from the arid south to the humid north, while remaining on a single broad soil type, the deep sands of the Kalahari basin. The vegetation ranges over the length of the transect from shrubland through savannas and woodlands to closed evergreen tropical forest, with land uses ranging from migratory wildlife systems, through pastoralism, subsistence cropping to forestry. The objectives of the Kalahari Transect activity are to: build an active network of regional and international researchers around the issue of ecosystem structure and function in savanna woodlands undergoing climatic and land use change; quantify the current and future role of southern African savanna woodlands in the global carbon, water and trace gas budgets and the degree of dependence of these budgets on climate and land use change; develop a predictive understanding of future changes in southern African savannas and woodlands on sandy soils, including their capacity to deliver forage, timber and other products. A five year project is proposed, commencing in 1997. The project revolves around four themes: vegetation structure, composition and dynamics; biogeochemistry, trace gas emissions and productivity; resource use and management and water and energy balance. These themes define the minimum set of processes necessary for understanding of the Kalahari system. Read More

Harmony between Agriculture and the Environment

Understanding links between farm economics and the use of natural resources is critical to fostering greater harmony between agriculture and ecosystems that support us and other species. Research can help find ways in which agricultural competitiveness and economic development can coexist with the natural resource base and enhanced environmental quality. Federal policies must constantly evolve to promote stewardship in light of new opportunities for productivity growth, resource-saving technologies, and threats to biodiversity. Read More

NRCS Conservation Programs

This Natural Resources Conservation Service site provides information on a variety of programs related to conservation, the environment, farm & ranch, forestry, grasslands, wetlands & wildlife, and watersheds. Other links are provide to supply related additional information, including financial services. Read More

Managing Your Property for Wildlife

This is an extensive site provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Twelve different wildlife habitat management plans are available to download as PDF files. Management topics include: prairie grassland, pasture/hayland, artificial nesting structures, cool season grassland, cropfield management, food plots, old fields, planting trees & shrubs, riparian habitat, urban landscape, wetland habitat, and woodland habitat. These files provide excellent information to landowners, students, and wildlife managers. Read More

Planning a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

This link from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension provides useful information on planning a backyard wildlife habitat. This is just one in a series of fact sheets related to habitats and managing lands for wildlife. Links to principles for creating a backyard wildlife habitat and components of a backyard wildlife habitat provide useful informatin for landowners. Read More

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EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

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EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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