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Environmental Student Organization

The Environmental Student Organization will have a booth in the Library area for the first two weeks of the semester. It is located near the south side of Brighton Hall in the grass next to the walkway. Come by to get details on what to expect for the semester and sign up to receive updates on events, meeting times and locations.You can also contact Spencer Marshall, ESO President, at Marshall4@csus.edu.

Environmental Student Organization

American River Parkway Cleanup

American River Parkway Cleanup

The American River Parkway Foundation is conducting its Great American River Clean Up on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Foundation supports the preservation, protection, enhancement, and appreciation of the American River Parkway by fostering environmental stewardship, facilitating volunteer opportunities, and funding and implementing Parkway projects and programs. Get details here.

Sac State Aquaponics at Luther Burbank High

Sac State ENVS students Cheyene Keniston, Mary Xiong and Ryan Nowshiravan have been working with Luther Burbank High School students to create an aquaponics system at the high school. Read the Sacramento Bee article here.

Swiss chard in the aquaponics greenhouse



Dr. Stevens at the 2014 Global Environmental Summer Academy

Dr. Stevens at the 2014 Global Environmental Summer Academy

Dr. Michelle Stevens served as a Faculty Resource for the 2014 Global Environmental Summer Academy in Basel, Switzerland this summer. The Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) takes place annually under the auspices of the Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE). The Academy is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of postgraduate students, professionals and activists who are concerned about human dimensions of environmental challenges. From hundreds of applicants every year, the course convenors select 18 Masters/PhD students or professionals from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society, corporate or governmental organizations. Accompanied by international and multidisciplinary resource people, participants are mentored as they expand their understandings of policy, develop their academic insight and competence, transcend their disciplinary and place-based boundaries, and enhance their advocacy skills. GESA resource persons include outstanding academics, professionals, artists, and activists who together represent an extraordinary diversity of backgrounds and experiences.



CSUS Students Survey EYNC Nature Study Area

Dr. Ishikawa's spring 2014 Field Methods class is featured in "The Acorn," the newsletter for The American River Natural History Association. The class surveyed trees and downed wood in Effie Yeaw's Nature Study Area: read the article on page 9. You can read selected summary results of the survey here. On page 5 of the newsletter you can read about the UC Naturalist class that ENVS graduate Michael Kwong (Spring 2014) participated in, becoming a Certified Naturalist.

ENVS students at Effie Yeaw



Wetlands Ecology and Field Testing

Andrew Lozano at Washoe Meadow


Andrew Lozano (a participant in the CSUS Science Educational Equity (SEE) Program) was an excellent and knowledgeable field assistant for Dr. Stevens during summer 2014. He helped conduct research on wetlands ecology and field testing with the California Rapid Assessment Method in meadows at Lake Tahoe, the Cosumnes River, and Kachituli. In addition, Andrew conducted an independent research project evaluating these wetland sites for culturally significant plant species and Traditional Resource Management by California First Nation people. SEE is a comprehensive academic support program for students who face social, economic, and educational barriers to careers in the health professions, science research, and science teaching. Dr. Stevens and the Environmental Studies Department felt fortunate to have such an outstanding student field assistant, and hope he will choose our ENVS Department when he matriculates from community college.



Ian Bobbitt in "Writing the University"

ENVS student Ian Bobbit has a paper published in the 2014 edition of Writing the University, the online journal of undergraduate and graduate student writing from across disciplines at Sacramento State. "Hunting before Dreamtime” was written for Dr. Michelle Stevens' ENVS 163, Ethnoecology, class. Read the paper here.

Leticia Morris in "Writing the University"

ENVS student Leticia Morris has a paper published in the 2014 edition of Writing the University, the online journal of undergraduate and graduate student writing from across disciplines at Sacramento State. "Sharing the Wonders of Wetlands” was written for Dr. Michelle Stevens' ENVS 158, Wetlands Ecology, class. Read the paper here.

Christine Flowers' Article on Pharmaceuticals

APWA Reporter Cover

Christine Flowers, M.S., M.Ed., ENVS lecturer, has co-authored an article for the American Public Works Association's Reporter about producer responsibility for unwanted medicines in the United States. The article showcases the Medication Collection Bin at the Sac State Pharmacy in the Well, which is one of the recycling programs on campus that earned Sac State Sustainability recognition from the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in August. Read the article here.

2013 Wetlands Education Event

Katlin Parker

Wetland Education Project with ENVS Wetlands students mentoring Gateway alternative high school students, who in turn helped mentor Riverview Middle School students at Bay Point, CA. Students created each of the wetland education activities. Funding was provided through PGE, Craig Communications and the western chapter Society of Wetland Scientists.  All students were given a wetlands certificate for participating. There will be an expanded 2014 Wetlands Education Event this October.

Dr. Stevens presenting a Wetlands Certificate


Environmental Studies students and faculty are active on campus and in the community