Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, Indiana University
The Eppley Institute is Indiana University‘s unique outreach program for the park, recreation, and public land management professions and works to enhance the quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences for all people. With the resources of Indiana University, the Eppley Institute has access to experts and a technology support system that can’t be duplicated. The Eppley Institute provides expertise in technical assistance and research, planning and design, and training and education for the National Park Service and other organisations throughout the world.
Mission and Goals:
The Eppley Institute prides itself on its core values and goals. The mission of the Institute is to partner with recreation, park, and public land organisations to enhance access, choice, and quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences.
The Institute’s goals are to:
Advance knowledge – seeking emergent trends and concepts for understanding and application
Actively enhance Eppley Institute resources and capacity
Expand and diversify the ways in which we share our knowledge
Expand and diversify our partnerships
Create awareness and demand for our intellectual property
World Urban Parks
World Urban Parks is the international representative body for the urban parks, open space and recreation sector. At a time when urban growth will see 70 percent of the world’s population living in urban areas by 2050, sharing knowledge and providing a collective voice for people and organisations in urban parks, green city, conservation, recreation, sport, health and related outcomes is vital. Together we want to build healthy, livable and sustainable communities.
World Urban Parks is the organisation to go to for international advice, support and getting connected with urban park, open space and recreation issues, people and activity. We combine the experience of our members and partners with opportunities to help build urban parks leadership and bring about significant improvements in cities where rapid urbanisation is occurring.
We provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on common environmental, social and economic challenges where urban parks are part of the solution. And we speak at an international and local level in direct support of our members – whether setting global standards, advocating the benefits of urban parks, or supporting a funding bid, a campaign, or professional development.
World Urban Parks aspires to complement and attain the same level of recognition as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which represents protected areas on the world stage. To achieve this we will build membership to levels where we are truly representative of the diverse international urban parks, open space and recreation community. We will act as an umbrella to national associations and connect park agencies, non-governmental organisations, universities, research institutes, businesses, community groups, individuals and allied sectors such as health, tourism, and resource management.
A World where people value and have easy access to quality urban parks, open space and recreation.
To promote and support the provision, effective management and use of urban parks, open space and recreation world-wide as an integral contribution to healthy communities connected to the natural world.