Marianne Krasny directs the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab. She conducts research on the connections between community environmental stewardship, individual environmental actions, and wider systemic change. She is currently writing a book about scaling up individual climate action, such as plant-rich diet, through social networks and activism. Dr Krasny also collaborates with Civic Ecology Lab members to address questions related to the civic outcomes of global online courses, urban agriculture and sustainability initiatives, and youth development and environmental education programs. In her research, teaching, and outreach, Dr. Krasny collaborates with non-profit, Cooperative Extension, and sustainable business partners from China, Spain, and other countries around the world. Much of this engaged scholarship occurs remotely.
Dr. Krasny teaches courses on scaling up individual climate action through social networks and social movement organizations. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for Natural Resources and teaches our introductory graduate course. She leads efforts to teach environmental and climate education Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for international audiences, and to facilitate online learning and resource sharing communities for over 10,000 environmental activists and educators globally. Dr Krasny believes that given the scale of the climate justice crisis, faculty and students need to take action as part of our teaching and outreach.
In the last year, 70 professionals from around the world have participated in the Cornell Climate Online Fellows program to gain skills that help them tackle climate mitigation projects in their home countries.