Organic agriculture has come to the forefront as an important opportunity for all farm sectors, across the country. Through our efforts, we have increased the research and extension support of these producers. We have identified strategies and developed grower tools to improve production and reduce environmental impacts of organic vegetable, grain and dairy systems in the Northeast U.S. A new initiative has focused on understanding the community supported agriculture model for impacts on consumer behavior and health awareness.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell students and Cornell employees.
This project assessed whether news coverage influenced sales of products containing trans fats between Dec. 13, 2004 and June 24, 2007, both before and after new federal labeling policy went into effect. News coverage about trans fat, combined with labeling information, appeared to influence consumer behavior in the short term. News coverage and product labeling may not be sufficient, however, to promote sustained changes in trans fat purchases.
Humanity's use of the earth's resources is threatening our planet and the livelihood of future generations. Computing and information science can—and should—play a key role in increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of how we manage and allocate our natural resources. Computational sustainability encompasses computational methods for a sustainable environment, economy, and society.
We provide leadership training about the land use system and community decision making for those involved in or affected by land use and development. The program builds regional networks of participants.
Poor health, particularly mental health, traps low income families in food insecurity.
Today’s secondary students must utilize literacy skills to learn important concepts related to their academic and career success. College and career opportunities rely upon adept use of literacy to realize those opportunities. Thus, students must possess the requisite literacy skills for career and academic success. Career and technical education teachers can facilitate the learning processes by scaffolding instruction with literacy strategies.
Applying a trading-ratio system similar to that proposed by Hung and Shaw (JEEM, 2005), we estimate the potential cost savings of a phosphorus emissions trading program that meets overall TMDL allocations amongst 22 waste water treatment plants in the Passaic River Watershed to be a modest 2-4% relative to a no-trade baseline.
Upstate New York communities have experienced a significant loss of viable manufacturing jobs since the 1980s, which has affected the overall economic vitality of its regions. In the past decade, however, many manufacturing firms have transitioned to advanced manufacturing productions, and the region as a whole has fostered significant growth in its health and educational sectors. Regional advantages have been realized in high‐growth sectors in biosciences.
Through the integrated research/extension Military Families Civic Ecology Project we implement and evaluate community gardening, community forestry and other civic ecology practices designed to assist military families and communities in navigating the deployment cycle. Together with Cornell Cooperative Extension-Jefferson County, we implemented community gardening projects at Fort Drum and other military communities in New York. We also developed measures to evaluate the outcomes of these projects on youth sense of place and social capital, and on ecosystem services.