Former Intern Tries Her Hand at Urban Environmentalism

The Urban Environmental Institute in Toledo, Ohio.
by Jaci Collins

I’ll be arriving Oct. 5 at the Urban Environmental Institute in Toledo, Ohio, for a two-month stay. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity and time to stay with the lovely family that runs the house!

Their mission statement:
Environmental consciousness is lacking in an urban setting whereby the human delivery systems have contributed to breaking connections between humans and the environment. High population density in urban spaces makes the environmental impacts and resource needs great in those spaces. Existing environmental education programs are rarely geared toward urban challenges. Therefore, the Urban Environmental Institute for Education, Investigation and Outreach will:
  • Challenge traditional thinking
  • Promote hands-on environmental education and scientific investigation
  • Work to preserve the genetic heritage of the Southwest Lake Erie Basin bioregion
  • Encourage self-expression through environmental art and other media
  • Promote the exploration and use of alternative technologies and practices to improve the sustainability of urban living
  • Foster a connection to the natural and social heritage of the Southwest Lake Erie Basin
  • Accomplish these goals in the urban setting of Toledo, Ohio 

Looking forward to sharing the experience with you! Peace and love dear friends!
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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.