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Our Mission

To help solve local and global environmental challenges through interdisciplinary teaching and research in support of environmental sustainability and justice. To do so, we strive to embrace an anti-racist, multicultural curriculum and to develop greater diversity among our faculty, students and staff than has been represented in the field historically.

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About Us

We focus on a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental challenges. 

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Environmental Resource Center

The Environmental Resource Center (ERC) was established in 1967 and became the student activist wing of the Environmental Studies Department, with a prideful legacy.

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Center for the Development of Recycling

Founded in 1989, the Center for the Development of Recycling (CDR) is Santa Clara County's recycling information clearinghouse.

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ENVS Summer 2022 Courses

The Department of Environmental Studies offers 3 courses in Summer of 2022 from June 1 - August 5, 2022: ENVS 10, ENVS 150 and GLST 1B. These courses will help students to satisfy GE core in area B2 and SJSU Studies. For more information about the Summer schedule and courses, please visit the Summer Session website!

Summer Session Website

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Get Ready for Graduation!

Seniors! We are glad to celebrate your grand accomplishments in person this semester! The College of Social Sciences Commencement ceremony for ENVS majors is set to take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 4pm. The location will be the Provident Credit Union Event Center on campus. For more information visit the University's official Commencement Website.

Commencement Website

Earth Day 2022 in the news!

We are grateful for SJSU News for covering our Earth Day Resource Fair. Read more about the events we held such, as the sustainable fashion show, and an interview with ERC member Sean O'Connell.

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ENVS Undergraduate and Graduate Career Trends

Many SJSU EnvS grads go on to successful environmentally-focused careers in public administrations, teaching, and the private sector. EnvS graduates earn good money! Two years after graduation, our salaries are about $60k/year, at 5 and 10 years out, they are approximately $75k and $90k, respectively. Based on a 2021 Department survey, 60-88% of grads obtain jobs in the environmental field and 90-95% are in environmental or other skilled career paths such as tech, education, or healthcare.

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Department of Environmental Studies GLST 188 courses study abroad in the Summer 2022 to Guatemala and Japan. All GLST 188 courses fulfill Area V requirements for SJSU Studies. Additionally, completion of GLST 188 or GLST 189 is a major requirement of a Global Studies BA degree.

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Wildfire Research, Community Clinic Included in $1.5 Trillion Federal Spending Plan

Amanda Stasiewicz, an assistant professor in Environmental Studies, is co-director for the Wildfire Center. SJSU’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center (WIRC) will receive $1.2 million to support cutting-edge fire modeling and prediction technology. Another $500,000 will support the launch of the university’s newly established Healthy Development Community Clinic (HDCC), which will soon provide various wellness services to East San José community members.

Fake poop helps evicted owls settle into new neighborhood

Professor Lynne Trulio commented on transplanted burrowing owls in an Associated Press story where scientists are using fake poop to help evicted owls settle into a new neighborhood.

ENVS Alum Richard Tejeda receives the Bay Nature Community Hero Award

What a day! Richard Tejeda feels incredibly honored to share his Bay Nature Community Hero Award with you! Please give him a shout out and consider giving to our organization that since 2019 has taken 1,847 community members on guided educational hikes, provided virtual nature experiences for 3,563 people living with disability or isolated by the pandemic, led 326 seniors on hikes for health, as well as inspired 754 at-promise-youth through our Summer Science Project and Alive Outside Adventure Series.