As environmental issues and environmental injustices persist, it is even more important for environmental educators to foster in individuals and groups the skills, knowledge, and natural appreciation needed to timely address these issues. Place-focused environmental education that seeks to address an individual’s sense of place can deepen an individual's connection with their local environment and community. A developed sense of place within a group can also pave the way for collective environmental literacy, the literacy held by a community and defined by the characteristics of collective action, collaboration, shared knowledge, and diverse perspectives. This capstone seeks to answer the question: how can community members build a sense of place through environmental education towards the goal of collective environmental literacy? In this capstone the broad concepts of collective environmental literacy, sense of place, and environmental education are examined, connected, and put into practice in the form of a indepth website catered to Iowa-focused environmental education. Users of the website can develop a deeper appreciation for their local environment through experiences and instruction and also develop the needed skills of collaboration and communication through the website’s community activities and forums. The goal of the website is to create an online community that both exemplifies the ideas of collective environmental literacy and is prepared to take collective and equitable environmental action within their local community.
Community Building, Environmental Studies, Technology
Stubbs, Nicole, "Place-Based Environmental Education Towards Collective Environmental Literacy" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 1003.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects