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The ESS Program hosts an open-access Moodle group where we post internships, jobs, and other opportunities that come to the attention of the faculty.
Any interested Drew student can sign-in and visit the site: Moodle >> Department Sites >> Environmental Studies and Sustainability.  Contact any faculty in the ESS program to enroll as a participant in the ESS Moodle Site.  Enrolling in the site will give you notices of site updates and events by email.

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Archived ESS – Events Calendar

EPA Partners with Drew University in Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge

Drew University was chosen as an EPA partner in the TRI University Challenge program (for 2014-2015, extending work from the 2013-2014 academic year).  Lisa Jordan, director of the ESS program’s Spatial Data Center, was interviewed by Drew Today about how the TRI Challenge will promote knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Six Honors Theses Supported by Drew University ESS Program

From a study of timber harvesting and environmental protection in Mount Hood National Forest to ethnographic approaches to food injustice, ESS sponsored six successful honors theses in 2013.

Megan Chellew Wins “What A Great Idea!” Award

Megan Chellew’s work on promoting energy efficiency in the resident halls won her the Daily Record’s “What A Great Idea!” Award.

ESS Professor, Marc Boglioli, Discusses Research on Fracking

Ted Johnsen interviewed Marc Boglioli on his research on fracking in rural Wyoming for Drew Today.

President Bob Weisbuch Signs the Real Food Commitment

Drew’s President is only the second college president in the U.S. to sign the commitment to bringing more organic, sustainably grown food to campus. This year’s ESS capstone seminar, led by Professor Sarah Wald, are spearheading this green initiative. Read the story on Drew Today.

ESS Major, Brianne Flynn, Maps Population for the Great Swamp Watershed

As part of her Fall 2011 community-based learning course in Advanced GIS, Brianne Flynn mapped Census data for portions of Morris and Somerset Counties to help the Great Swamp Watershed Association track potential links between population and water quality. See the story on Drew Today.

Mountaintop Removal in Kentucky: Alternative Spring Break Experience

Drew students participated in an Alternative Spring Break experience in 2010 and 2011 learning about environmental justice and mountain top removal in Kentucky. Read more about the program in which they participated in Harlan County.

Fred Curtis’ “New Geography of Trade” article featured in AlJazeera

ESS Professor Fred Curtis and Rutgers University Professor II of Biology, David Ehrenfeld, published an article in January on “The New Geography of Trade” in Solutions Journal (volume 3, issue 1, p. 35-40). Their article was picked up by AlJazeera English language media, and can be found on their web site.

Hepburn Woods Protected Thanks to Generous Donation

A major ecological restoration effort is underway in 20 acres of the Drew Forest Preserve. Read about how Chris Hepburn made it all possible, as reported in Drew Magazine.

Scholarship Application Deadlines Approaching

There are many scholarships and paid internships available to ESS students.  Many of them will fill the ESS experiential learning requirement.  Please go to the ESS Moodle site to look at the latest postings and find an opportunity that suits your interests and course schedule for spring.

Drew’s Students for Sustainable Food Group Recognized for Leadership in Recent USA Today Article

Gina Gioldassis (CLA ’13) and Cait Kennedy (CLA ’13) were interviewed by USA Today for their work at Drew for the Real Food Challenge.  Gina and Cait are part of the Students for Sustainable Food group, which is dedicated to changing food culture on campus to include more locally grown and organic foods.  Read what Gina and Cait have to say in the full article.

2011 Senior Capstone Student Activities Attract Attention from the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education

During the Spring 2011 semester, Drew’s ESS senior capstone course helped to evaluate Drew’s new campus sustainability assessment system, STARS. Their work on the project, with faculty member Sarah Wald, drew attention from American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Read about the project on the AASHE blog.


Forest Restoration at Drew Highlighted in the Fall 2011 Issue of New Jersey Audubon

Drew’s four-year project to restore ecological balance to the forest preserve comes to fruition.  Read the article at the NJ Audubon Stewardship Blog, or download a copy of the article in PDF format.

Professor Fred Curtis Honored for His Commitment to Sustainability

Dr. Fred Curtis, Professor of Economics and ESS, led efforts to establish sustainability as a priority at Drew and spearheaded its implementation.  Professor Curtis served as inaugural chair of the University Sustainability Committee and led key undertakings including establishment of the position of Sustainability Coordinator, development of wide-ranging environmentally-sensitive policies, and preparation of the University’s Climate Action Plan. Dr. Curtis’ work was honored in a tree dedication ceremony on September 26th, 2011.

Real Food

Drew students applied for and were selected to participate in the Grassroots Leaders Project sponsored by the Real Food Challenge. This award honors their work at Drew on food awareness.  Students helped establish composting in the dining hall, increased awareness of food sustainability issues and solutions, inaugurated a community garden, and attended the Real Food Challenge Summit in Boston.

Inuit Environmental Dilemmas

Professor of Anthropology and ESS Joslyn Cassady received a grant from the Canadian government for research on environmental justice issues facing Canada’s aboriginal people and for developing her new course “Inuit Environmental Dilemmas.”

Ecocriticism Conference

Students Nina Leone and Cara Swan are presented papers in June 2011 at the national conference of Association for Study of Literature and the Environment along with Assistant Professor of ESS and English, Sarah Wald. All three were on a panel entitled “Futures of Ecocriticism: Undergraduate Critical Work.”

Drew Summer Science Institute

During summer 2011, a dozen students collaborated with faculty scholars on environmental science research projects as part of Drew’s annual Summer Science Institute.  Topics included diesel exhaust in the environmental justice community of Newark NJ, photochemical oxidation of asphaltenes (components of asphalt), spatial analysis of invasive marine species, environmental impacts of theater scene shop materials, crow behavior, influence of deer on communities of other mammals, and development of a bioassay for toxic PCBs.

Ecuador: Sustainable Futures, Development, and Reforestation

Drew students joined Dr. Maria Masucci, Professor of Archaeology and ESS, for a month in Ecuador during summer 2011.  Their projects combined research with community sustainability work on local food production, sustainable farming, and reforestation.

Academic Internships in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

All ESS majors acquire hands-on experiences during their academic careers.  Congratulations to ESS students who held internships during summer 2011 at: the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Prospect Park’s Natural Resources Department, the Highlands Coalition,  Genesis Farms, Wolfe Spring Farm, Homeless Solutions, the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, Sustainable Nantucket, and CATA/the Farmworkers Support Committee.