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Geography professor in ENVS Jake Brenner and several ENVS students have been involved in a study of the environmental impacts of marijuana in Humboldt County, California.  Their research has revealed that marijuana cultivation can contribute to significant environmental degradation.  For more, see ...

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On April 12, ten ENVS students attended graduate classes during professional team presentations and met individually with policy team members, other graduate students, professors, and the director of the program. Thanks to the efforts of Rebecca Brenner, formerly of Ithaca College, now teaching at Cornell, this visit is the start of an informal pathway for ENVS students to explore and gain insight into careers in environmental policy.


Several ENVS students competed in the 2017 Policy Case Competition coordinated by the Politics Society at NYU. First developed in 2014, the Policy Case Competition is a three-round, highly competitive exercise where students are given the opportunity to learn and refine their policy-making and presentation skills. 

Zach Jacobsen, an environmental studies senior took the initiative to create a competition team including ENVS seniors Zoe Workstel, Chase Lurgio, and Zack Luckin. Together they developed and submitted a written policy memo outlining their key issues and propositions on an element of environmental policy. Although they did not continue to the final rounds, we applaud their passion and initiative in going beyond their program to compete in policy with peers from all around the nation.   


We’ve lost touch with nature. This disconnect hurts our health, dulls our spirit, and threatens our future. Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. And it shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our wellbeing, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises.

 Enjoy the film and learn how you can love nature through programs at IC.  

Thursday, April 20, 5pm  
Textor 102   
FREE – 1 hour 40 minutes        

Cosponsored by the departments of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Environmental Studies and Sciences.           

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Chris Klinger at       


The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Development Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Faculty Excellence Awards.


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