Global Issues Discussion and the Vision for the Urban Ecology Center

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Tuesday, July 23, 2019
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

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Introduction to understanding a system followed by an overview of the global environmental crisis and the UEC’s theory of change. The UEC model is introduced, showing the power of revitalizing urban neighborhoods through natural areas, addressing urban inequity, urban crisis, and separation from nature. Participants see the potential of what the UEC model offers (Leinbach, Urban Ecology, Introduction, Chapters 1, 6, & 10).

-        Collective Impact.

-        Theory of change: if conditions are created to make sure that the children in one neighborhood grow up with and experience – with the help of adults as mentors – an environmental ethic, a way of being in concert with the natural systems on this planet, then it could be replicated in other neighborhoods. If enough neighborhoods participate, a whole city could be transformed. Then, the system could be transferred into neighborhoods and cities worldwide. The goal is to transform the human/nature relationship so that the lifestyles of all humans on our beautiful planet would support the connected relationships of the ecosystems of Earth, which sustain us.

-       Ancillary impacts.


Ken Leinbach

Executive Director, Urban Ecology Center Ken Leinbach is a nationally recognized science educator and leader in community-based environmental education. He has had fun facilitating the grassroots effort to create and grow the Urban Ecology Center. Ken is a certified high school teacher and has over 30 years of experience teaching ... Read More

Chris Young

Historian of biology and Professor, Alverno College, Urban Ecology Center Committee Member & Volunteer Chris Young is a professor of Biology at Alverno College, where he has taught since 2002. He teaches courses on global warming, evolution, natural history, and science education, in addition to introductory biology. Prior to coming to ... Read More

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