Plenary IV:
Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life and Society

Plenary IV:
Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life and Society in the 21st Century

Saturday, September 20, 2003
9:00 - 10:00 am

Presenters:
Stephanie Pfirman, Director of Environmental Studies Program- Barnard College

Abstract:
The NSF initiative on complex environmental systems recommends increased focus on three interrelated areas: a) coupled human and natural systems, b) coupled biological and physical systems and c) people and technology. In order to address these issues, NSF recommends using environmental education as an integrating concept in K1-6 and informal public education as well as expanding the infrastructure and technical capacity to address environmental challenges.