Fostering Health y Communities
through Connection with Nature
Sense of place integrates the physical place with the psychological and social elements of creating meaning and attachment, and with political economic dimensions of place engagement or citizenship action. Research has consistently shown that a sense of place is an important motivator for environmentally responsible behavior. As a result, the complex concept of sense of place is of interest to a variety of fields including conservation, education, community organizing and planning, psychology and sociology for its potential to understand and motivate human behavior.
As sustainability educators and practitioners we are actively engaged in inquiry regarding how different influences on sense of place relate to each other in the context of generating active engagement. We are seeking to foster a robust community of practice around sense of place by gathering resources and nurturing conversation around questions such as:
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