The LinkedIn Group of the Environmental Design Research Association surpassed a membership count of 1,000 on Monday November 19, 2012 ending the day with 1,002 members. Julie Burros, the Director of Cultural Planning at the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events was the thousandth environmental design professional, researcher, or student to join the group. The EDRA LinkedIn Group was formed on April 20, 2008.
EDRA's LinkedIn Group is a key component of EDRA's social media strategy that supports transfer of environmental design research to the practitioner and policy making communities, and provides a central place for virtual gathering and discussion by community members. Other components of the social media strategy include a Twitter presence with over 700 followers, a Facebook Page with over 500 "likes" used to communicate EDRA announcements to the larger community, and a Facebook group with over 400 members used as a central hub for discussion among environment, behavior, and design students. EDRA also hosts 23 Knowledge Network communities for EDRA members interested in professionally networking within specific research or practice domain areas.
EDRA's LinkedIn Group attracts a rich cross section of environmental design professionals. 596 members report being an architecture or design professional; 232 report being in academia or research.