can become very positive forces in shaping the common life of America
by providing good examples of sustainable management, energy conservation,
green architecture and engineering, and interpretative materials
about these practices. The parks should be outdoor classrooms in
which the values that lead to sustainability can be championed."
Raven, Director of Missouri Botanical Garden Sustainability News,
Considerable effort, energy and resources
on public lands are used for public education. According to some agency
personnel, more time is now spent in "managing the people" than
in "managing the resources." Interpretative discussions, workshops
and displays teach traditional environmental and cultural topics, but
interpretive education can also be used to tell visitors about the steps
public lands are taking to preserve and conserve resources and point out
ways visitors can help. Involving the public in pollution prevention on
public lands can further create a link to pollution prevention in their
own homes and communities.
It is also important to educate employees, contractors and concessionaires
about the importance and practical ways to prevent pollution on public
lands. Their participation is essential to successful pollution-free operations.
Effective education of both visitors and workers is critical to public
land protection and a powerful message for sustainable communities outside
of public lands.
to Send the Message Home
Currently, there are few online tools that specifically demonstrate the relationship
between pollution prevention on public lands and how the same principles can
be applied in homes and communities. This may be because visitor education is
usually devoted to more traditional topics.
Public lands that seize the opportunity to demonstrate and educate the public
about pollution prevention will maximize their impact if they can show the connection
between public lands and visitors’ homes. Links presented in this section
have been developed in various contexts to educate everyday people about everyday
efforts to prevent pollution. Our intention is to provide a collection of links
that will make it easier for agencies to develop educational tools and incorporate
such messages as part of their overall educational effort. Suggestions for new
links or examples of how and where this has been done are welcome by emailing
us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.