Project Details


SCAPE: Sustainable Communities and Place-based Education SCAPE: Sustainable Communities and Place-based Education (i) Organization and Partnerships 1.) Lead Organization: Arizona State University, in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (Tempe), the largest public research university in the U.S., has very high research activity (RU/VH; Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) and annual research expenditures of $310 million. Since 2002, ASU has made applied sustainability research and teaching a top priority. 2.) Management and Implementation: Dr. Dan Collins will lead development of SCAPE (Sustainable Communities and Place-based Education), an environmental education (EE) curriculum combining classroom learning, online tools, and field research. Dr. Helen Rowe will co-manage the project and interface with scientists and educators. Monica Elser will develop and run teacher development workshops, develop and review online curricula, and provide teacher support. Drs. Hilairy Hartnett and Paul Haberstroh will contribute online content, participate in professional development workshops, and verify data for the SCAPE website. High School teachers and partner organizations along the Colorado River (CR), will implement curricula. This initial SCAPE project focuses on the CR and its tributaries. Sites cover the entire CR Basin, in five Western states (WY, UT, CO, AZ, NV) and two of the EPAs regional divisions (8 and 9). ASUs University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness will evaluate outcomes. 3.) Partners. Din College, Tsaile, AZ (facilitating sub-awardee on Navajo Nation); Telluride Institute, CO (office/logistical support); (ii) Summary The lead and partner organizations listed above are not currently receiving, nor have they previously received, funding for this project from the EPAs EE Grant Program. SCAPE is pilot high school and community-based science education project combining online learning and field observations linked to living classrooms across the CR Basin. The program builds on successful curriculum design workshops with teachers and scientists (e.g., Vital Signs, 2012), and provides opportunities for science teachers to learn both the science of water quality and best practices for EE. SCAPE trained teachers will introduce students to the hydrology of the CR System, methods for measuring in-stream flow, and techniques for testing water quality. The program will provide specific training in EE pedagogy as related to real-world problemswater quality and supplyand will give our partner high school teachers the tools and methods to move from knowledge to action. In addition to improving EE teaching skills, SCAPE will enhance students STEM learning outcomes. SCAPE is designed to improve students decision-making skills and achieve behavioral changes that foster a sense of stewardship and benefit the environment through five objectives: 1. Build SCAPE, an EE experience combining classroom, field, and online learning; 2. Train teachers to create and interact with SCAPE in 10+ regional high schools and institutions; 3. Teach students and citizens sustainability, water quality/supply, and environmental protection. 4. Foster stewardship of the CR systemour shared commons(sensus Hardin, 1968)among students, teachers, and communities, especially in under-represented groups. 5. Implement an equitable funding mechanism for sub-awardee grants of $5000 or less. The program will also advance science by generating a dataset valuable to researchers studying water quality, water security, and water rights. With the technology platform in place and demonstrated success, we hope to broaden the program to address water quality and supply issues or other environmental issues of concern to youth, citizens, and scientists in the CR and other watersheds. The SCAPE program will build on successful K-12 partnership programs in ASUs School of Life Sciences (SOLS) and Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS), Ask-A-Biologist and Ecology Explorers, to establish a foundation for an EE platform that can spread throughout the Western States. SCAPE activities address the EPAs educational priorities of (2) Educational Advancement and (5) EE Teaching Skills; and environmental priorities of (4) Protecting Water and (5) Launching New Partnerships.
Effective start/end date6/1/165/31/18


  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): $192,200.00


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