Networks of public, private, and civic actors care for the urban environment. Who volunteers to steward urban ecosystems and how do volunteers get involved in these activities? How do different actors use open space and local greening efforts as a form of governance and civic engagement?
One million new trees will join the urban landscape of New York City by the year 2017. The Urban Field Station has supported that effort by analyzing urban forest ecology citywide and developing a long-term research plan to support the implementation of the city's tree canopy goals.
Resilience in an individual or community is the ability to recover from stress or adversity. These projects explore the nexus between the natural environment and human health and well-being, asking: How can urban greening be managed and understood as a tool for improving quality of life?
Sustained stewardship of our nation's natural resources will require the support and interest of urban populations. These research projects and partnerships aim to cultivate environmental awareness, knowledge and skills of urban residents--with a particular emphasis on youth and students.