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What's New in the Environmental Studies Program

March 30, 2017


The Environmental Studies (ENVS) Program is growing! This year we welcomed 21 students into the 2019 cohort—a 40 percent increase from the past two years—and added a new economics track. I hope you enjoy a look at some additional highlights from the past year:  

  • We collaborated with the Career Center, the BC Energy and Environment Alumni Network, and EcoPledge to host the 2016 Green Careers Night, a networking event that attracted undergraduate and graduate students and featured 23 organizations from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors plus five graduate programs. 
  • In April, ENVS students took part in the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. 
  • We hosted a diverse cast of guest speakers, including environmental historian Donald Worster from the University of Kansas, Hong Kong-based explorer Wong How Man, Archer attorneys Marc Rollo '87 and Bill Stack, and Joe Allen '98 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In November, we cohosted a post-election reflection with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • The Environment and Society: Research for a Changing World attracted many ENVS students and featured the research of ENVS major and Scholar of the College Amanda Sie '17.
  • ENVS faculty and students continue to participate in the National Council for Science and the Environment annual conference.

Professor Andrew Jorgenson joined our faculty with a joint appointment in sociology. We also hired Tara Pisani Gareau to be the associate director of ENVS and assistant professor of the practice in earth and environmental sciences. With new hires and environmental courses being strongly represented in the core pilot courses, students have more courses to choose from than ever before. 

Finally, we are thrilled to tip our hats to our first cohort of ENVS majors who graduate this spring. We wish our graduates well and thank them for their contributions to making the ENVS program a welcoming place to explore one's curiosity and passion for the environment and sustainability. 

Keep in touch. We would love to hear how you are doing.


Noah Snyder
Director, Environmental Studies Program