Environmental Studies Blog

May 12, 2014

Graduation reception

Filed under: Events — geneviev @ 5:46 pm

We hope to see you there!


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April 14, 2014

Save the Date: Sustainability Fair

Filed under: Uncategorized — geneviev @ 1:58 pm
The First Annual Sustainability Fair will be held on Wed. April 23rd from 11am-2pm on Chapels Field! Featuring our local food vendors, such as Russo’s, Gifford’s Ice Cream, and Red’s Best Seafood, alongside student groups SEA and Eco-Reps! Enjoy free local food, win giveaways, and learn about exciting sustainability efforts on campus and what’s coming next year! The Hoot Market will also be accepting design submissions for their new reusable bags. Stop by to get a share of the goodies and learn more about all the ways Brandeis is taking steps towards sustainability.

April 7, 2014

Waste Land Screening

Filed under: News — chansen @ 5:20 pm

On March 27, Latin American and Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, and Fine Arts UDRs hosted a documentary screening of Waste Land. Students came together from all disciplines to watch the film while eating South American food.

The film is about Vik Muniz, a famous Brazilian artist who currently lives in the United States. Muniz traveled to the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro to speak with catadores, or people who pick up recyclable material from the landfill for work.


Muniz took photographs of the catadores, then worked with the catadores to make artwork in the shape of the portraits with recyclable materials. After selling photographs of the artwork, all of the money went to the catadores. With the money, they bought equipment and a truck and built a learning center and a library so that people could learn about recycling.


The movie focused on the lives of the catadores and how they were moved by the experiences of creating art from recyclable materials then seeing their portraits become famous.

The screening was followed by a discussion about the lives of the catadores, recycling, and artwork. Overall, it was a meaningful film that brought students of many different disciplines together.

Accepted Students Day

Filed under: News — chansen @ 4:37 pm

Accepted Students Day, the main recruitment day for the upcoming Class of 2018, was held this past Sunday, April 6th. By the time the Academic Fair opened, students flocked to the Environmental Studies booth that the UDRs, Esther Mann and Adam Krebs, stood at. There was a line of eager students and parents in front of the booth for the two hours that the fair was held. The parents’  most common question was, “Tell me about the major” while the students asked, “Can I double major?” Most people were most interested in the experiential learning opportunities, the ratio of science and social science courses, and internships, yet they also asked about faculty, research opportunities, specific focuses in the major, study abroad opportunities, clubs and ways to get evolved, and future job options. Overall, the students were all extremely excited to start learning Environmental Studies at Brandeis this upcoming fall.Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.26.55 PM Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.27.07 PM

April 4, 2014

Brandeis NOW Features Nail Salon Study

Filed under: News — chansen @ 5:14 pm

Students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program, taught by Professor Laura Goldin as a part of the Justice Brandeis Semester program, went out to the field to study Volatile Organic Compound Levels (VOCs) in nail salons. They found that many out of the 15 salons they visited had higher than acceptable levels, and gave advice on measures that could be used to lower these levels. You can read more about the study here.


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March 17, 2014

UVM Catamount Farm Summer Experience

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 6:13 pm

The University of Vermont’s Summer University is offering a unique, hands-on experience at our Catamount Educational Farm, where students can earn between 3-13 credits in the course of 12 weeks.  At the core of the Catamount Farm Summer Experience is a 4 credit Sustainable Farm Practicum where students will learn principles and practices of sustainable, diversified vegetable production through a combination of lectures, hands-on fieldwork at UVM’s Catamount Farm, and visits to local vegetable farms. In conjunction with the Sustainable Farm Practicum students have the opportunity to take up to 3 additional courses.  Further details including registration information can found by visiting the following site:http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/


March 14, 2014

Water bottle giveaway

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 1:50 pm

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February 6, 2014

Free water bottles in the SCC!

Filed under: Announcements,Events — Shota Adamia @ 7:37 pm

Pledge to stop buying bottled water and get a free water bottle in the SCC! Keep an eye out for more events like this around campus, sponsored by tapBrandeis!


December 16, 2013

Conservation Leadership Through Learning

Filed under: Announcements — chansen @ 6:36 pm

Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a Master of Science graduate degree through Colorado State University (CSU). CLTL integrates interdisciplinary university education with real-world action. Students learn natural sciences, social sciences, management, and leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. They spend two semesters at CSU, then seven months at a field site in either Belize, Kenya, Peru, and Mexico. The studies include intensive, cohort-based experiences of 20-25 students, allowing for personalized learning.

If you are interested in applying, you can find the CSU Graduate School Application Form online here. The application requires a $50 application fee, GRE scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, and an essay.

Click here for more information!

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December 13, 2013

Brandeis Sustainability Fund Awards

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 6:47 pm
Dear friends of the BSF,

We are excited to announce the following projects have been awarded funding by the Brandeis Sustainability Fund for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations, student project leaders!

And thank you to the BSF Board members for their participation in this year’s project selection process, as well as other staff, faculty and students students who helped shepherd the projects through the application process.

BSF Co-Chair Flora Wang will be working with the Project Leaders to implement their projects this upcoming semester with support from many of you. Details on each project will be posted soon on the BSF website: go.brandeis.edu/bsf. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to me and Flora (feurekaw@brandeis.edu) or to student project leaders.

Quick, Bike For Shelter!
Project Leader: Nicholas Medina
Awarded Amount: $25,000
To continue to encourage bicycle use as an alternative and healthy form of transportation, this will fund 3 new bike shelters with racks and 2 bicycle self-repair stations. Proposed locations are the Charles River Quad and the Foster Mods. DeisBikes will promote both the use of the shelters and the “fixit” stands, and develop workshops for bicycle maintenance using the “fixit” stations.
Subsidize MBTA Passes
Project Leader: Ameline Limorin
Awarded Amount: $10,000
This pilot project will provide 200 fifty-dollar ($50) MBTA passes to undergraduates as an incentive to use public transportation to travel to and from campus instead of using cars. The goal is to collect information on how to increase public transit use by students and figure out how to scale up the project.
TapBrandeis 2.0
Project Leaders: Sara Taylor, Jeremy Goodman, Emma Balmuth-Loris
Awarded Amount: $10,000
Building on the project from last year to encourage use of reusable bottles and discourage single-use plastic bottles, 4 more bottle filling stations will be installed on campus thanks to this BSF project. Locations to be finalized. Students were also granted funding to purchase reusable water bottles for the entire incoming class of 2014.  
Dual-Flush Toilets
Project Leader: Anna Bessendorf, Nate Shaffer
Awarded Amount: $16,500
100 toilets in five first year residence hall buildings will be retrofitted with Dual-Flush kits that should reduce water use by 30%. Project leaders hope to get first year students comfortable with this new technology from the very start of their time at the University. The Student Union Sustainability Committee will help to complement the project with educational initiatives to ensure proper use.
Little Green Libraries
Project Leader: Jaime Kaiser
Awarded Amount: $425.35
Students will install two Little “Green” Libraries – free book exchanges constructed out of re-purposed materials – to promote the value of recycled, reused, and refurbished products. Locations to be determined.
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