Environmental Studies Student and Faculty Activities
The department is an innovative and engaged regional partner
Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Festival
Sac State Aquaponics was at Sacramento's Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday, September 27, on the Capitol Mall. Complete with aquarium and vegetables, our faculty and students are educating Sacramento about the Multi-Trophic Sustainable System they have built at the campus STORC site. Learn more about the Farm-to-Fork movement here.
American River Parkway Cleanup
Dr. James Reede and his Environmental Science (ENVS 10) students participated in the American River Parkway Foundation's annual Great American River Clean Up on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Read more about the Foundation here.
Best Practice in Sustainability Award for STORC
Sac State's STORC was awarded "Best Practice in Sustainability" by the CSU Facilities Management Best Practice Awards Committee, comprised of Facilities Management professionals with expertise in the relevant fields from throughour the CSU system. Read the full story here.
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.
Wetlands Ecology and Field Testing
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.
Christine Flowers' Article on Pharmaceuticals
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.
Christine Flowers' Article on Extended Producer Responsibility
Christine Flowers, M.S., M.Ed., ENVS lecturer, has co-authored an article for Waste Advantage, the national publication for waste and recycling industry professionals, on extended producer responsibility legislation for hazardous and problematic materials. Read the article here.
2013 Wetlands Education Event
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.