Environmental stewardship.

Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Aldo Leopold (1887–1949) championed environmental stewardship based on a land ethic "dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it.

Different types of environmental stewards

There are 3 types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers go out and help the cause by taking action. For example, the doers in an oil spill would be the volunteers that go along the beach and help clean up the oil from the beaches. A donor is the person that financially helps the cause. They can do anything from donating their money, to having galas or other fundraisers. They are typically governmental agencies. Lastly there are practitioners. They work on a day-to-day basis to steer governmental agencies, scientists, stakeholder groups, or any other group toward a stewardship outcome. Together these 3 groups make up environmental stewards and with the help keep the ecosystem running healthily. Anybody can be an environmental steward by being aware and knowledgeable of the world around them and making sure they do as little as possible to negatively impact our world. Without these groups it would be hard to get any sort of sustainability in our increasingly technology, pollution, industrial based world.


Farmbox: -n- a plot of soil enclosed by 100% recycled wood used for the purpose of growing food.

The Adopt-A-Farmbox initiative is a program that builds and donates farm boxes made from 100 % recycled materials to local schools and community institutions for the purpose of growing fruits. This is a call to reconnect with food; to create, to prosper, and to flourish through sustainable agriculture.

Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Ecology Center

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  • Weirauch Creamery Farm Visit
    Farmers’ Market vendors Joel and Carleen Weirauch are best known for their small-batch sheep cheese, but their farmstead creamery brings more than cheese to table. With an emphasis on community, humane animal husbandry practices, and sustainable agriculture Weirauch Farm exemplifies… Read more »
  • Top 5 Wins in the Senate Farm Bill
    We previously wrote about the disastrous House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, here, which was passed along party lines earlier last month. Subsequently, the Senate has displayed a refreshing sense of bipartisan value, passing a Farm Bill that benefits… Read more »
  • It’s time to reduce plastics and return to reality-based recycling
    The Ecology Center began one of the nation’s first curbside recycling programs, on the heels of the first Earth Day. As operators of that same recycling program through the decades, we have had a front-row seat to the recycling industry’s… Read more »

David Suzuki Foundation

Cornwall Alliance

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  • Silencing Science the Facebook Way
    Those who back the notion of man-made catastrophic warming don’t just support it as one would other technical or scientific ideas. Instead, they embrace the idea with the fervency of a religious zealot and brook no thought, science, or fact that may in any way call into question the premise of a planet spiraling into […]
  • 11 Months and Counting—Wrapping our Heads around Florida’s Raging Red Tide
    The latest red tide outbreak on Florida’s Gulf Coast, with its awful stench, is in its 11th straight month. The noxious bloom started in November 2017, and the latest reports from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before Hurricane Michael, whose effects we won’t know for some time, showed that the end was not […]
  • Does Bill Gates Fail to See Himself in the World’s Growing Billions?
    Bill Gates is a brilliant man. His combination of tech and business savvy not only made him one of the world’s richest people (currently, with a net worth of about $90 billion, #2 behind Jeff Bezos’s $112 billion) but also gave him the opportunity to be one of the world’s biggest philanthropists, chairing, with wife […]
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    It is said the modern man-made climate change impacts ocean life, more specifically the life of marine fishes. It is said that some species could become extinct or vulnerable in the near future. However, are these claims true, and what does the available empirical evidence suggest? During my three years as a graduate student at […]
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