How can we make sustainability concepts and concerns personally relevant and meaningful? The focus on cultural sustainability in the 2010 edition of State of the World and the Institute on the Environment’s cross disciplinary efforts such as “River Life”, and “Dialogue Earth,” among many other trends, underscore the importance
of integrating the tools of cultural development such as art and storytelling with scientific development toward effective sustainable
outcomes and effective outreach of environmental information to broad audiences. The conveniences of infrastructure have allowed individual
actions, such as water use choices, to be experientially disconnected from impacts to natural systems. However, by paying attention to
infrastructure and integrating it into our concepts of the world, we can counter its invisibility and better appreciate its contributions while better understanding the implications of its over‐use. This project is gathering an interdisciplinary team of University faculty and outside partners around the topic of how to use place‐based interaction with infrastructure, interpreted through art, story, and science to create an experiential and informed sense of interconnection of our daily use of resources with the engineering and
natural systems in which they interact. The project lays the essential groundwork needed to develop a replicable curriculum model based on a
concurrent research process and demonstration project. The work of the project will be available for use and further development by the
environmental education community, schools, and other researchers.
Brigham, Jonee Kulman.
Art, Story, and Infrastructure: A Model for Experiential Interconnection in Environmental Education.
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