The Environmental Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study how humans should relate to the natural world, a subject that has become increasingly relevant as more people begin paying attention to the Earth’s limited resources and our own impact on those resources.
Upcoming EventAn adopt-a-wetland program, seed banks, and managing invasive species are just some of the proposals for protecting Virginia from climate change that 11 environmental studies students shared recently with members of Governor McAuliffe's climate change commission. Read more.
Environmental Studies Feature Stories
How to Build a Better BayJeff Allenby, '07, of the Chesapeake Bay Conservancy offers tips for being a good steward of the bay and beyond.
Bridget Ward, '11
It wasn’t that long ago that Bridget Ward, ’11, was unfamiliar with the computer-based mapping tool GIS. Today, she’s a GIS analyst and environmental planner working on a proposed high-speed rail project between Richmond and Washington.
Celia Landesberg, '14
From starting a recycling program at her middle school to research working in the sustainability office at Richmond, Celia Landesberg, ’14, experienced a variety of opportunities in the field of sustainability.
Recent graduate and classics major discusses life at Richmond as preparation for graduate school.
As a postdoctoral fellow, Tiho Kostadinov, ’02, investigated climate change, the environment, and how to balance research and teaching.
Diego Leal, ’15, moved from debating human rights issues to becoming a human rights practitioner during a summer internship focused on conservation and indigenous communities in the Amazon.
Colin Cardwell, '12, was inspired by his Colorado roots and a love of nature to explore environmental studies through the lens of business administration.
An educational outreach internship with National Geographic gave Carroll Courtenay, '12, insight into the state of geography education in public schools.
When Fynn Glover, ’09, and Russell Himelein, ’10, felt they weren't meeting their full potential, they didn’t just accept the status quo. Instead, they traveled the nation to explore what motivates their generation.
Andrew Pericak, '13
Junior Andrew Pericak’s summer research in an Oregon forest may not have yielded the scientific results he was hoping for, but the project did help focus his academic pursuits.
Anna Sangree, 15: Internship with Shalom Farms