Center for Regional Environmental Science and Technology
Updated: September 5, 2005
The California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Center for Regional Environmental Science and Technology was formed to respond to intensifying needs for high-quality, independent scientific studies of the natural and physical environment. The Sacramento region is experiencing rapid population growth, with attendant pressures on agricultural lands, open space, quality and supply of water, air quality, and wildlife populations. Increasing pressures on the natural systems and overlapping interests of agencies, industries and special interest groups have created the need for this impartial and broad-based science consortium. The Center will focus on critical elements and processes affecting the region's air, water, soil, and biotic environments.
The Center will provide data collection, interpretation, storage and related services. It will also provide for study, design and the collection of scientific data critical to an understanding and assessment of natural system dynamics. The Center will remain politically neutral, though it will, where appropriate, examine the historical and future impacts of social choices on natural systems including plans and policies to modify or regulate those natural systems.
Through its activities, the Center will provide opportunities for students to gain field research experiences, familiarize themselves with the roles of science in social decision-making, and address fundamental issues in environmental research. As appropriate, the Center will offer CSUS facilities as non-political arenas for discussions and debates. The Center will also facilitate the development and presentation of educational experiences focusing on specific environmental challenges and issues leading to possible programs of certificiation in specific areas of scientific expertise. The latter may be coordinated with the University's Regional Education Program.
The Center will seek to foster collaborative research relationships for short or long term studies, as well as provide service for fee contracts for specific tasks with public agencies and private corporations. It will also seek foundation and grant support for research, demonstration, and educational activities. The Center will also work to form active ties and collaborations with other agencies, universities, and groups that further the scientific and educational objectives outlined in the mission statement. The Center will have non-profit, tax exempt status. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of data and expertise available for evaluating environmental management activities and not to advocate or justify specific positions or projects.