Experiences, Projects, and Research
Think global, act local. Steph Lavallato, Environmental Studies major '13, spent some time traveling abroad through a program entitled "Semester at Sea" (SAS). SAS is a study abroad program that encourages true global education by traveling around the world by ship over the course of three and a half months. Her voyage during the Spring 2011 semester visited a total of 14 ports in 11 countries in 104 days. The voyage’s theme was “glocalization,” or the concept of thinking global and acting local. That idea takes on a whole new meaning when you get to sail around the world and have the opportunity to not just think globally, but live globally, even just for a short time.
Before setting sail, she learned about the threats of climate change on small island developing states (SIDS) in her International Environmental Policy class. She wanted to take advantage of my global experience to learn more about these issues first hand in some of the countries she would be visiting. Three of the 11 countries happened to be SIDS: Bahamas, Dominica and Mauritius. Seeing the opportunity to gain a greater perspective on the issue of climate change and SIDS, she used her experience in these places for her cultural immersion project. Her unique cultural experiences were defined by a variety of home visits, interviews, and specialized excursions, during which she made incredible long-lasting connections with the local people.
Want to learn more about her life-changing adventure? Please watch her video.
Summer Volunteer Experience
Becky Webster, the department's fearless reporter, work/study student and combined Environmental Studies/Journalism major was awarded a Commit-to-Change Internship Award to travel to New Zealand with International Student Volunteers, where she worked on conservation projects addressing habitat restoration and endangered species preservation, and explored the extraordinary environments and culture of the "Land of the Long White Cloud" (the Maori name for NZ). Read about her fantastic experiences on her blog.
Seminar Students Research Current Events
Students in Susan Allen-Gil's Spring 2009 Capstone Seminar prepared research updates on a variety of current and compelling environmental issues ranging from sustainable energy supplies to threats to water quality and quantity to the public health impacts of global population growth. See the links below for terrific snapshots on these topics.
- Peak Oil
- Energy Efficient Buildings
- Clean Drinking Water
- Wind Energy
- Population Growth and Disease
- Obama's Energy Plan
- The Global Water Shortage
Students Share Their Projects on the Wiki
The WIKI is both a communication tool to help students interact and share information on current sustainability projects, and a resource documenting past projects so that current researchers can build on the experiences and findings of pst work. Check it out here.