Drew University offers a nationally recognized, sustainability-oriented program of study in Environmental Science. Environmental sustainability emphasizes solutions and integrates science with economic and social justice.
Read the latest about ESS people and initiatives, from the Drew Forest to Ecuador to the community garden.
Drew offers courses, events, and research opportunities relevant to today’s efforts to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens and to ensure all people have safe food, water to drink, and air to breathe. Drew’s environmental justice projects include investigations of fish advisories and toxicology in Alaska; asthma in neighborhoods of color and poverty in Newark; GIS mapping of air pollution sources and demographic patterns in Newark; diesel exhaust and air quality in EJ communities; and community impacts of mountaintop removal mining, studied during an alternative spring break to Kentucky.
With major grant support from a private donor, New Jersey Audubon, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we are working to control invasive plants, restore lost species, and protect native species from deer in this 10 acre preserve.
Drew University is a signatory on the Presidents’ Climate Change Commitment, and intensive planning is now underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More information about these campus-wide initiatives is available at the Campus Sustainability web site.
Any student may choose to major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), to declare an Environmental Science Option, or to take courses of interest to study toxic pollution, environmental geology, green chemistry, ecological anthropology, sustainable business, and much more. Follow this link for information about course offerings and the major and minor.
Hands-on research projects, available to all interested students, have included streams and water quality in Lake Tahoe, climate change and landscape evolution, and coastal land use in Ecuador. Many research projects are part of the department’s Environmental Justice program (see above).
All ESS majors are trained in spatial data techniques and analysis using GIS. Our Spatial Data Center is extremely well equipped and well staffed.
We provide placement assistance and stipend support for internships, which provide critical hands-on experience for students. See our Student Opportunities page for examples of recent internship opportunities. Funds are available to students for unpaid internships, summer research projects, and attendance at conferences thanks to generous grants to Drew from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and NASA.