Engineers & scientists acting locally

Our Mission

ESAL is a national organization dedicated to increasing local engagement by professionals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Many engineers and scientists are interested in making a difference in their communities, but they don’t know how to get involved or overlook the important role that cities, counties, and states play in policy development and implementation. We hope to encourage and help STEM professionals to meaningfully engage with their local government and with community-oriented non-profit and volunteer organizations by sharing stories of how others have made a difference in their communities.
The first step

Draw inspiration from civic engagement stories shared by other engineers and scientists.

From the field

Get real-world advice from STEM professionals who successfully engaged with their local communities.

ESAL Checklist

Not sure where to start? See our curated guide for more ideas.

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Civic Engagement survey

We asked engineers and scientists about their attitudes toward and engagement with government. The results revealed a demand for capacity building and increased awareness of policy issues for local engagement by people with STEM backgrounds.
"Think globally, act locally."

The survey was developed by organizing members of ESAL. Survey results are based on 113 complete survey responses that were collected between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. We distributed the survey via our personal and professional networks, including social media chanels aimed at engineers and scientists who have expressed interest in or have experience with government and policy work. Although the results likely reflect much higher levels of overall interest in and engagement with government than the general population of engineers and scientists, it allows us to look at the range of activities and opinions among those most interested in policy engagement. Read the full report here.

  • Interest in Local Engagement

    The majority of engineers and scientists are interested in increasing their engagement with their local government.

  • Federal vs local

    Most engineers and scientists feel more informed about federal policy issues as opposed to local issues.

  • Knowledge Gap

    Many engineers and scientists say they lack knowledge of how to get involved at a local level.

Change starts at home

And engineers and scientists have an important role to play

Not sure how to get started? Check out our Local Engagement Checklist for ideas!