How can urban residents develop and use an understanding of the metropolis as an ecological system to improve the quality of their environment and their daily lives?
Josh Cogan presents a poster of his work to scientists John Hom and Larry Band Photograph: Jonathan Walsh
Answering this question - one of the three central questions of the BES project - will require the concerted efforts of educators, scientists, and citizens over a long time.
Our approach is multi-faceted, and includes:
- Working hand-in-hand with educational initiatives of formal and informal education systems; contributing to and learning from these collaborations
- Creating new programs, educational opportunities and resources for students, educators and citizens; and
- Conducting research about what people in Baltimore know about their city as an ecosystem, how they acquire this knowledge, and what strategies might be devised to improve and expand people’s understanding in the future.