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NEW CES LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCED

Professor Dov Sax has been named the Director of CES and Kurt Teichert has been named the Associate Director of CES, both effective July 1, 2013. Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin says, "I have every confidence in Dov and Kurt, and know that the Center will be in excellent hands." Congratulations Dov and Kurt!

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BROWN DIVEST COAL IN THE NEWS

College Divestment Campaigns Creating Passionate Environmentalists

by ELIZABETH SHOGREN

May 10, 2013 3:16 AM


At about 300 colleges across the country, young activists worried about climate change are borrowing a strategy that students successfully used in decades past. In the 1980s, students enraged about South Africa's racist Apartheid regime got their schools to drop stocks in companies that did business with that government. In the 1990s, students pressured their schools to divest Big Tobacco.


This time, the student activists are targeting a mainstay of the economy: large oil and coal companies.So far only a few small colleges have opted to drop investments in fossil fuel companies. But already the movement is having a big impact on the students who are driving it — people like Emily Kirkland, a senior at Brown University, who has been leading the Brown Divest Coal campaign on her Providence, R.I., campus.


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LAUNCHING THE GREAT AMERICAN ADAPTATION ROADTRIP

Kirsten Howard, a Brown ’09 alum and recent graduate from the University of Michigan’s master’s program in Environmental Policy and her colleague are traveling around the United States for three months this summer to find stories about small towns and cities using their wits and resources to adapt to the impacts of climate change. An unstable climate has and will create many problems, but it also creates opportunities–opportunities to develop new energy technologies, to produce less waste, to create new business models, to forge new partnerships, and to come together in our communities.

Kirsten and her graduate school colleague, Allie Goldstein, aim to use stories to bridge the gap between existing research on climate change adaptation planning and the often-overlooked, practical adaptive technologies already being used by people all over the country, including farmers, city officials, foresters, fishermen, scientists, and many more. Technology can be a physical tool that functions on its own, such as permeable pavement or drought-resistance crops or coastal protection structures. But it can also be more of a social process, like training community members as environmental leaders or rethinking land use.

Read the stories they find at www.adaptationstories.com (be sure to ‘join the trip’ via email) or follow them on Twitter @kirstenandallie. And if you have an idea for an adaptation story in your hometown, email them at adaptationstories@gmail.com. They might just pay you a visit.


GREEN BY BROWN

Students in ENVS 1420, Environmental Journalism, have been refining their writing and producing increasingly polished drafts of their essays, profiles, and news articles. One article from each of the twelve students will be showcased on the class blog, Green by Brown, with new content being posted every couple of days through Commencement weekend.


LAUREN BEHGAM SELECTED TO ATTEND CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE UNIVERSITY

Environmental Studies Student Lauren Behgam '15 was one of the thirteen Brown students selected to attend this year's Clinton Global Initiative University.

Lauren is part of the Food Recovery Network, which is a national nonprofit that unites and supports university students across the country to start food rescue programs on their campuses. Students rescue safe, edible food that would have otherwise been thrown away and transport it to those in need.

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ENVS STUDENT REBECCA RAST RECEIVES JOSLIN AWARD

The Center for Environmental Studies is proud to announce ENVS concentrator Rebecca Rast has been selected to receive a Joslin Award.

The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown. Award winners generally demonstrate a wide breadth of involvement during their campus years as well as substantial depth in one or more areas.Through their leadership and involvement they have not only enhanced their own liberal education, they have also provided services, programs and other opportunities for involvement to their peers, thus enhancing the learning environment for all students.


RENEWING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AT BROWN

Report of the Committee to Review the Environmental Studies Concentration

As part of the ongoing cycle of reviews of Brown’s concentrations by the College Curriculum Council, an interdisciplinary committee met throughout the fall to review the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science curricula.

The report can be viewed here

Please note that these recommendations, if approved, would affect students in the class of 2017 and beyond. Current students' programs will not be affected.

The committee would appreciate your feedback. You may submit your comments through this feedback form.


BROWN DAILY HERALD ARITICLE - ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM CHANGES FACE PROTEST

By MICHAEL DUBIN/Staff Writer, BDH

Photo by Lydia Yamaguichi, BDH

Concentrators expressed concerns about new required courses in a forum on Friday, March 15.

Students voiced sharp disagreement against proposed changes to the environmental studies concentration at a public forum Friday. Approximately 40 students and three of the 10 faculty members who served on the Committee to Review the Environmental Studies Concentration attended the forum, which was held at the Urban Environmental Laboratory to solicit student feedback on the changes.

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UNDERGRADS PROTEST KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE IN D.C.

By ALEXANDER BLUM/Staff Writer, Brown Daily Herald

Photo by Lawrence McDonald

For over 100 environmental student leaders within the Brown community, the long weekend was a break from classes ­— but not from advocating their cause. Living up to their activist image, Brown students traveled to the nation’s capital Sunday to march alongside an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 other protestors in opposition to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

From the Washington Monument to the White House and back, protesters urged President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and to move forward with other environmental initiatives. The protest — organized by The Sierra Club and 350.org —involved 168 organizations and was the largest climate march in United States history, according to The Sierra Club website.

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PROFESSOR STEPHEN PORDER SELECTED AS 2013 LEOPOLD LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Dr. Stephen Porder in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology has been selected as a 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellow.

The Leopold Leadership Program, located at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, was founded in 1998 to fill a critical gap in environmental decision-making: getting the best scientific knowledge into the hands of government, nonprofit, and business leaders and the public to further the development of sustainable policies and practices.

Dr. Porder is among the 20 mid-career academic environmental scientists named as Fellows this year. The group was selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of their exceptional scientific qualifications, demonstrated leadership ability, and strong interest in sharing their knowledge beyond traditional academic audiences. The Fellows will take part in intensive leadership and communications training designed to hone their skills in engaging with decision-makers, media, and the public. They also become part of a network of past Fellows and program advisors who are working with leaders, both within and outside academe, to solve society’s most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges. The list of 2013 Fellows is below, and more information about the program is available at http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu


BROWN PROF. RICK BENJAMIN NAMED RI POET LAUREATE

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today appointed Rick Benjamin, Ph.D., of Warwick as State Poet of Rhode Island. Dr. Benjamin replaces outgoing State Poet Lisa Starr of Block Island, whose five-year term has expired.

"Dr. Rick Benjamin is an accomplished and committed poet and educator who has taken his love for and belief in the power of poetry far beyond the classroom and out into our Rhode Island communities," Governor Chafee said. "One of the many letters of recommendation sent on Dr. Benjamin's behalf stated, 'Rick Benjamin knows that poetry can change people – that the writing and reading of poems can change how we live within and give back to our communities.' Another wrote, 'Based on his extensive community involvement with poetry, I think he has already distinguished himself as an "unofficial" State Poet.' With this in mind, it is my pleasure to make the unofficial official and appoint Rick Benjamin the State Poet of Rhode Island."

Rick Benjamin teaches ENVS-0520, Wild Literature in the Urban Landscape, during the spring semester at Brown through Environmental Studies.

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