Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.92
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date June 20, 2013
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Sewanee - The University of the South
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Amy Turner
Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Landscape Analysis Laboratory (LAL) at Sewanee (1999-2011) spearheaded a multi-pronged research, teaching and outreach program designed to connect landscape-level, scientific information and GIS/remote-sensing technology to a broad range of constituencies including: federal, state and local government agencies and officials; environmental advocacy groups, the forest-products industry, public schools, land trusts, the media and most importantly our undergraduates. he Landscape Analysis Laboratory served as a focal point for an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff and students engaged in the study of land-use in the southeast and its ecological and socio- economic implications.
The results from this research had a positive impact on forest conservation and policy reform in Tennessee. The research led to a crucial meeting between the LAL, Bowater, the Dogwood Alliance and NRDC in Manhattan that led to an historic agreement and the cessation of hardwood conversion to pine by industry on the Cumberland Plateau and eventually elsewhere in the southeastern United States.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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