Environmental Studies

Workshop in Environmental Leadership

January 13-19, The Workshop in Environmental Leadership is an interterm course sponsored by a  grant from the Thoreau Foundation and grants from Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.

In most undergraduate courses in environmental studies/science, the focus is on the problems we face.  Too little attention is paid to the ways concerned citizens are acting to address these problems.  This week long workshop is intended to inform interested students about the ways people from all walks of life are endeavoring to make a difference.  The workshop will feature sessions led mostly by alumni/ae from Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke and Hampshire who are variously engaged in addressing the many environmental challenges we face.

A project made possible by a grant from the Thoreau Foundation, the workshop will feature graduates from the four colleges who are working as lawyers or supporting lawyers engaged in environmental lobbying and litigation; graduates who are working in the private sector to promote environmentally responsible policies; graduates who are working in federal agencies charged with protecting our natural heritage, and graduates who are using their grounding in science to advocate for environmentally sound policies. 

In addition to sessions with leaders engaged in advocating for improved environmental policies and practices, the workshop will feature three sessions devoted to developing practical skills necessary for effective environmental advocacy, one or more field trips, and sessions devoted to role playing in order to deepen understanding of conflicts over environmental policies and ways conflicts can be resolved.

Students from the Five Colleges are welcome to apply, though the workshop can accommodate only 45 participants.  A process of application and accepting applicants will be in place by the end of October.  Interested students should check for the Workshop web page that will go active by the end of October or early November, by which time a more detailed description of the sessions will be available. 

The workshop is a collaborative undertaking with the participation of Professors (in alphabetical order) Jan Dizard (Amherst), Tim Farnham (MHC), Andrew Guswa (Smith), and Steve Roof (Hampshire). For further information, contact Katie MacDonald, workshop coordinator, at kmacdonald@amherst.edu.

Featured Speaker: Gus Speth; Dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environ. Studies; Author

Featured Film: "A Fierce Green Fire"

Example Daily Schedule (M-F)

8:45 – 9:00  Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30  Presentations
10:30 – 10:45  Break
10:45 – 12:00  Discussion
12:00 – 1:30  Lunch with Speakers
1:30 – 4:30  Role Playing/ Field Trip/ Leadership Training

To register, fill out this form.