Big Ole and Natural Lands

Environmental Studies

Environmental responsibility and sustainability are part of the fabric of St. Olaf College.
Sustainability at St. Olaf
Big Ole, the 1.65 MW wind turbine, looks out over the natural lands

Welcome to Environmental Studies!

Environmental Studies cultivates an integral understanding of the relationship between humans and their surroundings. It encompasses a rich array of places, organisms, human experiences and histories, institutions, wisdom traditions, ideas and practices of justice, and the interconnectivity of systems – physical, living and non-living, social, spiritual, cultural, and creative. We integrate approaches across three broad study areas – natural/physical sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities – as we examine and model observed phenomena, interrogate contested ideas and practices, and seek meaningful and just solutions to problems. The community of Environmental Studies embodies a big tent where the identities, gifts, talents, and experiences of each person enables a richness and depth to our work.