The EnviroScape® series of portable models dramatically demonstrate pollution concepts and their prevention. EnviroScape® effectively communicates our shared responsibility for the environment to people of all ages, languages and cultures. Our models are engaging and effective, as they create a real sense of understanding through experience and hands-on demonstration. EnviroScape® makes complex issues seem simple, helping people prevent water pollution in their own communities.
EnviroScape® was developed and patented by JT&A, inc., a small, woman-owned business founded in 1984, by Judith Ferrell Taggart in Washington, DC. JT&A wrote, edited and designed some of the first education and outreach materials on nonpoint source pollution, watersheds and wetlands. JT&A inc. and is also known for its efforts in establishing well-known national outreach programs, such as American Wetlands Month. Entrenched in education and outreach efforts on water pollution, JT&A realized that for many, seeing was believing moreso than reading — and thus EnviroScape® was developed out of the need to actively engage the public in protecting our environment — once they see it, they don’t forget it — they understand it, and become more interested and therefore more involved.
The three-dimensional landscapes (approx. 25" x 30" x 5") illustrate residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial and transportation areas — all representing possible sources of water pollution. Children and adults learn by using chemicals (drink mix) and loose soil (cocoa) throughout a typical community to see how their actions and those of others may affect our water quality. EnviroScape actually emphasizes pollution prevention with a follow-up demonstration that shows how to prevent such pollution through the use of best management practices.
EnviroScape® presents information in a balanced and credible manner. Each model is developed by JT&A, inc., using a peer review process incorporating the expertise, experience and knowledge of at least a dozen persons with varied backgrounds (experts, educators, outreach specialist and lay persons).
As more than one user has told us, EnviroScape® is "the best educational tool we have." In addition to being successfully used with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, EnviroScape® is also used by universities, soil and water conservation districts, city governments, utility companies, consultants and civic and environmental groups around the world.
"We are continuing to get a lot of mileage out of our EnviroScape models. We set up the Hazardous Materials model as a static display as part of our agency's exhibit at the Florida State Fair. It was our "in" to get people talking and went wonderfully with the hazardous waste educational materials we were distributing."
PATTI SANZONE, Environmental Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection