Urban Ecology Center Intensive Workshop

APA Wisconsin Chapter


Monday, July 22, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 26, 2019, 2 p.m. CDT

Milwaukee, WI, United States


This 5-day workshop is designed to give participants an intensive introduction to the sustainability and community revitalization approach pioneered by the Urban Ecology Center (UEC) in Milwaukee. This curriculum is aligned with Ken Leinbach’s 2018 book, Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World (New York: Morgan James Publishing). Relevant chapters are noted for the sessions below.

During the week of July 22-26, participants will visit each of the three UEC centers in Milwaukee and learn how the programming of these sites promotes revitalization of urban neighborhoods by focusing on natural areas, addressing urban inequity, urban crisis, and separation from nature. Participants will explore the theory of change known as Collective Impact and a related set of ideas advanced by John McKnight--abundance.  Topics during the five days include:

Global Issues and a Vision of Urban Ecology

Mental Models of Communities

The Abundant Community

The Prototype Approach to Program Development

Architecture Tour of the green building design features of the centers or a Decision-making Tour, focusing on the program design in concert with the local environment.

Volunteers as Part of the Ecosystem: Research, Community Science, and Land Stewardship

Community-Based Practice

Equity, Dignity, and Justice: Achieving Higher Levels of Engagement

Governing Board Operations through a Lens of Community Abundance

Business Model and Fundraising

Application to participants' own local context

Strategic Alliances and Deep Partnerships

Brownfield Restoration

Reflections on Implementation

Impact Assessment

Participants will conclude the week by sharing the plan of action developed during the workshops, emphasizing new insights, key learning, clarified concepts, and next steps.





Contact Info

Megan Andrews-Sharer, mandrews@urbanecologycenter.org


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