Environmental Studies News
ENVI 430 Environmental Practicum Focusing on Environmental Interpretation and Education
Students in our capstone ENVI 430 course will be focusing on environmental interpretation and education at our Alta Mons Environmental Campus. Students in ENVI 430 will work with the staff at Alta Mons as their clients to enhance and expand programming and educational support facilities. The 14 students in ENVI 430 will be responsible for proposing, planning, budgeting, designing, implementing, and installing projects to meet client needs.
Good Shepherd Endowment to Support Projects
We are thrilled to announce the creation of the Good Shepherd Fund through a gift from the family of Ben White (Environmental Policy, '11). Income generated by this gift will support a range of projects to allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom in real world settings. Students won't just study an issue or propose an action in the abstract, they will be able to use support from the Good Shepherd Fund to take action in the community. We are extremely grateful that this action of the White Family will have an impact on every member of the Environmental Studies program and the community in which we live. Click here to read a recent article.
Roanoke College Environmental Campus at Alta Mons
After many years of informal collaborations, Roanoke College and Alta Mons have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes our relationship. The agreement touches upon several academic departments and programs, but the most exciting piece for our program is the designation of the Roanoke College Environmental Campus at Alta Mons. This designation is a public acknowledgement of our intentions for long term collaborations that provide Roanoke College students access to a wide range of projects and support Alta Mon's environmental programming. In Fall 2013, the ENVI 430 Environmental Practicuum students will be working on projects that will expand and enhance environmental education programming at Alta Mons. Alta Mons encompasses 840 acres at Crocket Springs in Mongomery County (about 30 minutes from Roanoke's main campus). The ground include wetlands, meadow, orchard, mountain, valley, pond, spring, creek, and a waterfall! Click here to learn more about Alta Mons.
Steph Clements Studying in Costa Rica
Stephanie Clements, a junior Environmental Studies major and Spanish minor, is spending Spring 2013 studying in Costa Rica. In February 2013, Steph wrote:
I have only been here for 3 weeks and it is already proving to be one of the greatest experiences of my life. Studying in Costa Rica as an environmental science major and Spanish minor is an unbelievable opportunity. I have already had the chance to participate in a reforestation project with endangered trees and visited several conservation areas! I am so excited about all of the opportunities coming up as well as there are volunteer trips to conservation parks almost every weekend and I even have field trips there with my classes! I am gaining so much by being immersed in a different culture and learning from a new perspective. I highly encourage anyone considering it to seize the opportunity to study abroad!
Classic Conversion: Roanoke students transform 1939 Pontiac into electric-powered vehicle
Check out the slideshow above to follow the progress as we convert our 1939 Pontiac Silver Streak from a V8 to fully electric. Proud Environmental Studies students and our mechanic Jackie pose with the car after paint and reassembly. The glass was installed in May. Interior work and chrome comes next. By Commencement 2013, we expect to have completed the conversion to an electric car. Learn more. Our project has been getting national press. See
Discovery Channel online: http://dsc.discovery.com/cars-bikes/students-convert-a-1939-pontiac-silver-streak-into-an-ev.html
Auto Week online: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120607/GREEN/120609869
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