Coastal Smart Growth

Conserving Your Communities: The Coastal Smart Growth Curriculum

2003-2005
A hundred years after we are gone and forgotten, those who never heard of us will be living with the results of our actions. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

Alex McLean, Landslides

The Conserving Your Communities: Coastal Smart Growth Curriculum (CC) is the next chapter of Livable Landscapes. Livable Landscapes (LL), created by Cross Current Productions in 2003, is a highly popular documentary on sprawl and smart growth in the Northeast. Using real projects in several northeastern states, it illustrates many of the major issues surrounding unplanned growth. The video is accompanied by a curriculum for middle and high school students. The curriculum explores each topic in more detail, with discussion questions, classroom activities, out-of-class projects, web links and other resources.

As the next chapter to Livable Landscapes, Conserving Your Communities: Coastal Smart Growth Curriculum (CC), added to the major issues, and focused on a specific geographic region, the New Hampshire coastal zone.

Conserving Your Communities was completed in the Fall of 2004. Partial funding for this curriculum came from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, Coastal Program. The design and text were produced by ANEI, and the accompanying video by Cross Current Productions.

 

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The Coastal Smart Growth Curriculum

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. CHARLES DARWIN

Egrets

Since the first Europeans landed on its shores, the cultural and natural environment of North America has been rapidly changing. In the next 25 years, more change may occur than the total of the preceding 500. Change is not necessarily bad or wrong, nor is it necessarily good or right. Rather, will it support a healthy, vibrant society, and the natural environment that supports us?

At this crossroads comes the opportunity to make communal decisions about how change in the landscape should happen. This curriculum focuses on developing the cognitive skills to make informed, thoughtful, ethical decisions. Its focus on teenage students is deliberate. They are the next generation who will live in the communities that are changing. They will be the voters, taxpayers, civil servants, business people and parents at this critical juncture. Providing them with the cognitive tools to plan the changes, rather than let them happen at random, will ensure a world where everyone can live a healthy, productive life.

In 2003, Cross Current Productions created Livable Landscapes (LL), a highly popular documentary on sprawl and smart growth in the Northeast. Using real projects in several northeastern states, it illustrated many of the major issues surrounding unplanned growth. The video is accompanied by a curriculum, designed by a Yale student and ANEI staff, for middle and high school students. It explores each topic in more detail, with discussion questions, classroom activities, out-of-class projects, web links and other resources.

Conserving Your Communities: Coastal Smart Growth Curriculum (CC) is the next chapter of Livable Landscapes. It adds to the major issues, and focuses on a specific geographic region, the New Hampshire coastal zone. While it is not necessary for teacher or students to start with Livable Landscapes in order to use Conserving Your Communities, the total educational impact would be greater. While the latter is specific to New Hampshire, the issues, classroom discussion and activities are applicable to almost anywhere in the North America.