Environmental Studies

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.

Big Ole, the 1.65 MW wind turbine, looks out over the natural lands