Trials and Tributaries:
How do we foster collective action to protect and restore our environment?
To protect the health of the Delaware River, the people living within its watershed must work together to overcome present and future environmental challenges.
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How do we foster collective action to protect and restore our precious environmental resources? This is the question the William Penn Foundation (WPF) sought to answer by funding a collaborative initiative in the Delaware River Watershed (DRW). In consultation with the National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Leadership Strategies (ELS), WPF invited a variety of organizations in the region to come together and coordinate environmental education activities that would build public support for protecting the watershed. Through this case you will learn about how to structure collaborative projects based on Community Coalition Action Theory, the Collective Impact Framework, and the experiences of existing collaboratives. You will also explore the benefits and challenges of organizations working together to solve sustainability problems, and, ultimately, propose ways to organize, budget for, implement, and evaluate collaboratives. Lessons learned from this case will allow you to develop, manage, and evaluate collective action projects designed to address a variety of complex sustainability challenges.
This case is based on the formation of the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) collaborative, but does not represent the exact process and implementation of this organization. The case is centered on work supported by the William Penn Foundation but does not necessarily represent the views of the William Penn Foundation.