Environmental programs have traditionally focused on alleviating environmental problems with an isolated or fragmented approach, rather than addressing the interrelated issues that constitute such problems.

Success of environmental stewardship depends on research, establishing techniques for integrating the diverse elements that constitute environmental problems.

The Rutgers Environmental and Community Stewardship (R.E.A.C.S.) Program is a proposed application of interdisciplinary research. In addition, it offers the opportunity to collect quantified data to evaluate the efficacy of such programs. The methods used to evaluate the program could serve as a useful model for similar programs. Currently the program is in the initial stages of implementation.

374Scientific investigation into the value of people-plant relationships can be applied to environmental problem solving. The R.E.A.C.S. program will integrate people-plant relationships into all aspects of program delivery.