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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.


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 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.

What to know: Yosemite fire threatens sequoia grove, some of Earth’s oldest, biggest trees

Professors Craig Clements and Will Russell were interviewed for the story about the Washburn fire in Yosemite and the iconic sequoia trees that it threatens 

2022 Switzer Environmental Fellowship awardee 

Ka Ki (Lily) Law, a current ENVS graduate student, is of the recipients of the 2022 fellowship for her research project.

Dr. Mulvaney's congressional testimony

The Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hybrid legislative hearing that included both in-person and remote attendance on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. The hearing is entitled, "Legislative Hearing to Strengthen Energy Infrastructure, Efficiency, and Financing."

Let's join our ENVS communities

We have ENVS communities for both current and alumni Environmental Studies students at San José State University. We strongly encourage you all to join if you want to know/have more updates on job postings, internship opportunities, and news from ENVS at SJSU.

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