Environmental Studies Blog

September 15, 2014

Karpf Hahn Peace Grant

Filed under: Announcements,News — chansen @ 3:14 pm

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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.

December 5, 2013

Fall Internship Symposium

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 6:32 pm

This Wednesday, the Environmental Internship Symposium will happen in Heller G1 at 6:30pm! For more information, please view the flyer below.

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September 9, 2013

Brandeis-India Science Scholars Program – still accepting applications

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 4:04 pm

In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, the Office of Study Abroad and the Division of Science, Brandeis is offering an exchange opportunity for students interested in studying biology, chemistry, physics, math, materials, environmental science and computer science beginning in spring 2014.  The undergraduate program offers many courses that will fulfill Brandeis major/minor requirements and a number of elective courses not offered at Brandeis that would complement any science curriculum.

The IISc is a vibrant campus with an active undergraduate student body and is a “living laboratory” for students interested in biology and environmental science.  Students will live on campus with their Indian classmates and along with classes taught in English by Indian faculty, will have the opportunity to collaborate in research projects in one of the many labs on campus.  Bangalore is a growing metropolitan city located in southern India and is known as the Silicon Valley of India, making it a unique destination for students in the sciences.

Following the spring semester program, select students from the IISc will come to Brandeis to participate in summer research projects with Brandeis faculty.
Applications will be accepted on a space available basis until October 15th!  For more information visit the program website here or contact Amber Thacher in the Office of Study Abroad.

May 7, 2013

*NEW* Wetlands Course – Fall 2013

Filed under: Announcements — chansen @ 6:08 pm

Check out this great opportunity to learn more about our ecosystem and get credit!
Topics in Ecology,BIOL134

Considers the physical, chemical, and biological processes that make wetland ecosystems critically important to human welfare and biodiversity.  Focuses on New England wetlands, including their natural history, management, and conservation. Field trips are an integral part of the course. Weds, 9-11:50am.  See course listing for further detail. Limited to 25 students.

April 26, 2013

ENVS Graduation info!

Filed under: Announcements — geneviev @ 2:49 pm

This year, ENVS will be hosting both a reception and a mini-commencement (along with American Studies and Education Studies). The Environmental Studies Reception will be held from 3pm to 5pm, Friday, May 17th at the International Lounge (Usdan), and food will be provided. Your beloved faculty will be there and they are looking forward to saying their farewells and meeting your families. The department’s mini-commencement will be held on Sunday morning (at 8am), at Sherman Hall. We will be hosting this ceremony along with the Education Studies and American Studies programs. Keep in mind that tickets are not needed for both the reception and the mini-commencement, so invite as many people as you want! See you there, Seniors!



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