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Alex Kudryavtsev
Research Associate
Pen name: Alex Russ

I am an environmental education researcher in the Civic Ecology Lab at Cornell University. My current research focuses on urban agriculture education that promotes school sustainability, youth civic engagement, climate action, and environmental literacy. Along with my colleagues, I develop and teach environmental education professional development courses. I am the first editor of Urban Environmental Education Review (Cornell University Press, 2017). I also serve as an adviser for the Global Environmental Education Partnership. I identify as an avid reader, writer, vegan, and traveler.

Selected Publications
  • Russ, A., and Gaus, M. (2021). Urban agriculture education and youth civic engagement in the U.S.: A scoping review. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 5:707896. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2021.707896 PDF

  • Russ, A., Armstrong, A., and Krasny, M. (2022, submitted). Urban agriculture education in parks: Fostering civic engagement. In: Larson, L., Fix, P., Lekies, K. et al. (Eds.). The Transformative Power of Parks. Champaign, Illinois: Sagamore. PDF draft

  • Cho, J. Y., Li, Y., Armstrong, A. K., Russ, A., Krasny, M. E., & Kizilcec, R. F. (2021). Using Social Norms to Promote Actions Beyond the Course. Proceedings of the Eighth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale. doi:10.1145/3430895.3460144 PDF

  • DuBois, B., Krasny, M., and Russ, A. (2019). Online professional development for environmental educators: Strategies to foster critical thinking and social interactions. Environmental Education Research, 25(10), 1479-1494. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2018.1564247 PDF

  • Russ, A., Peters, S.J., Krasny, M.E., and Stedman, R.C. (2015). Development of ecological place meaning in New York City. Journal of Environmental Education, 46(2), 73–93. doi: 10.1080/00958964.2014.999743 PDF

  • Krasny, M.E., Kalbacker, L., Stedman, R.C., and Russ, A. (2015). Measuring social capital among youth: Applications in environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 21(1): 1-23. 10.1080/13504622.2013.843647 PDF

  • Kudryavtsev, A., Krasny, M., and Stedman, R. (2012). The impact of environmental education on sense of place among urban youth. Ecosphere, 3(4):29. doi: 10.1890/ES11-00318.1 PDF, Survey

  • Kudryavtsev, A., Stedman, R., and Krasny, M. (2011). Sense of place in environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 18(2), 229–250. doi: 10.1080/13504622.2011.609615 PDF

Urban Environmental Education Review

Urban Environmental Education Review explores how environmental education can contribute to urban sustainability. Urban environmental education contributes to individual and community well-being and environmental quality, and debunks common assumptions that cities are ecologically barren and that city people don't care for, or need, urban nature or a healthy environment. This volume integrates research and practice to help aspiring and practicing environmental educators, urban planners, and other environmental leaders achieve their goals in terms of education, youth and community development, and environmental quality in cities. Topics in 30 chapters range from the urban context to theoretical underpinnings, educational settings, participants, and educational approaches in urban environmental education.

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Russ, A., Krasny, M. (Eds.) (2017). Urban environmental education review. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Table of Contents (PDF)

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Russ, A., Krasny, M. (Επιμέλεια). (2021). Περιβαλλοντική εκπαίδευση στις πόλεις. Καλαϊτζιδάκη, Μ. (Επιστημονική επιμέλεια), Καϊάφας, Μ. (Μεταφραση). Athens, Greece: Gutenberg.

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Russ, A., Krasny M.E. 著 (2022). 城市环境教育概论. 王西敏 邱文晖 译. 生态学名著译丛. Beijing, China: Higher Education Press.

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Course ebooks
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GEEP case studies
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Selected Courses
  • Green Cities (NTRES2470) — Webpage

  • Environmental Education & Community Engagement — Syllabus (pdf)

  • Nature Education — Syllabus

  • Introduction to Environmental Education — Course info (pdf)

  • Urban Environmental Education — Course info (pdf)

  • E-STEM Education — Course info (pdf)

Sample Video Lectures

"Environmental Education & Civic Engagement" online course. Watch other course lectures.

Civic engagement

Sense of Place

"Environmental Education Outcomes" online course.

"Nature Education" online course.

Watch other course lectures and webinars.

What is Nature Education

"E-STEM Education" online course.

Environmental Education

Sample Webinars and Case Studies

"Environmental Education & Civic Engagement" online course.

El Yunque National Forest

Running Grass: Culturally authentic community engagement

"Environmental Education & Civic Engagement" online course.

Urban agriculture education: Red Hook Farms

"Environmental Education & Civic Engagement" online course.

Frances Moore Lappé: Hope is what we become in action together

"Environmental Education & Civic Engagement" online course.

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