I have just arrived to the U.S. On the way from JFK to Ithaca NY, I decided to stop by the new World Trade Center Memorial site. Falling water in two pools cancels the noise of the city, and a forest of trees on the Memorial Plaza brings more nature to this site. Trees are seen as “a symbol of hope and rebirth” and also play an important educational function by reminding us that the city is part of nature.


From city to wilderness



Interestingly, in Russia many cities end abruptly into wilderness. Forest begins right after you leave densely built urban areas. There are few suburbs similar to what you see in the U.S. Below is a photo that I took a few weeks ago from my window facing east in one of my hometowns (Tomsk, Siberia, Russia), a city of half million residents. The temperature is -40 degrees, birch trees. The apartment is on the fifth floor, and this is the last building on our street. The wilderness begins right behind the building. The second photo is from the same apartment, but from another window in the opposite direction looking west. I think in Russia and the U.S. people have distinct approaches to how cities and suburbs should be developed.

Urban EE framework


What is urban environmental education? Let’s take a look at what the literature says. Read our recent literature review.

Kudryavtsev A., Krasny M. (2012). Urban environmental education: preliminary literature review. Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, Ithaca, NY.

DOWNLOAD (PDF file): 2012-UEE-review.pdf