Environmental Studies Department News Updates

27 million under flood alerts across California (NBC Nightly News)

Our Dr. Cushing was interviewed by NBC Nightly News about the recent storms and flooding period across the state of California. This news showed how urgent and significant the storming and flooding situation was. The state of California had to start the evacuations in many different cities, especially cities of Santa Cruz county. 

Summer Research Fellows 2023

The Climate and Community Project is recruiting Summer Research Fellows for 2023 of 6-8 graduate students to work with leading researchers on a range of climate justice topics and be part of a supportive community of like-minded fellows. Fellows are expected to work 20 hours a week over the course of the fellowship, with a flexible work schedule. The deadline to apply for this fellowship program is 02/01/2023. 

ENVS Senior Seminar Showcase

On Wednesday (12/07/2022) from 11:30am to 1:30 pm, we will host the ENVS Senior Seminar Showcase. The main purpose of this event is to celebrate our graduating seniors' accomplishments and we also provide food and refreshments to everyone who attends. All students are welcome to join!

2023 Switzer Environmental Fellowships applications open

2023 Switzer Environmental Fellowships applications open with $17,000 for Master's students. Are you concerned about the health of our planet and/or the environment of our local communities? Are you in a Master's program now (or thinking of applying for one in the future?)? If so, please join us on Zoom with the link above at 9:00 am, this Monday, November 21, 2022, for an SJSU-specific information session about the Switzer Fellowship. 

ENVS Senior Seminar Students Present to Los Altos Environmental Commission

ENVS Seniors Nickon Ghodoosian and Roger Bumgarner present the results of their senior seminar project researching the pros and cons of electricity-powered HVAC heat pumps and hot water heater heat pumps to the City of Los Altos' Environmental Commission on 11/14. 

Public Master of Science Thesis Defense with Domingo Poggione Garcia 

The Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University is pleased to present a public Master of Science Thesis Defense with Domingo Poggione Garcia. The topic is about the effectiveness of virtual reality as a climate change communication tool for Latinx communities in the City of Santa Cruz.The public is welcome to join via Zoom. Date & time: November 16, 2022 (12:00 - 1:15 pm).

Spartan Speaker Series with Tara Houska

We're very excited to share with you that the Spartan Speaker Series is hosting Tara Houska, on Wednesday, November 16, at 6 PM in the Student Union.  All students can participate in person or via zoom. Tara Houska is author of the essay "Sacred Resistance" on pages 213 - 219 of this year's Campus Reading Program selection All We Can Save. 

CAPISE Grand Opening

The Center for Asian Pacific Islander Student Empowerment (CAPISE) will host a grand opening week beginning on Monday, November 7th through Thursday, November 10th. SJSU students can drop by CAPISE on Mondays - Thursdays from 9:30am - 6pm and on Fridays from 9:30am - 4pm. They are located in Student Union 1520 (first floor, next to the Veterans' Resource Center). 

Campus Tree Walk Event

On Wednesday (11/9), at 12:30 pm, we welcome all students to join us the Campus Tree Walk event. We're excited for a quick campus leg stretch and tree walk to learn about some of the great specimens on campus.This event will be led by ENVS and GLST seniors as part of their capstone course.

Movie night with Bring Your Own Brigade

Join us on November 2nd, for a viewing of Bring Your Own Brigade, a film exploring the causes of and solutions to wildfires in California. Feel free to bring a friend, and please make sure they register. We have FREE POPCORN for everyone. Date & time: 11/02/2022 at 5:45 pm and the location is Uchida Hall, YUH 124. 

The first ENVS public Master of Science Thesis Defense of the Fall 2022 semester

The Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University is pleased to present the first public Master of Science Thesis Defense of the Fall 2022 semester. The public is welcome to join via Zoom. Date & time: Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council

ENVS graduate students will be presenting at the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council for a Virtual Symposium on Post-CZU Fire Recovery in Big Basin State Park. The virtual event will start at 6 pm on November 9, 2022. 

Feeding our Hunger: Poetry Responds to Food Insecurity

The Poets and Writers sponsored Open-Mic Poetry and Performance event in the A.S. Campus Community Garden (372 E. San Salvador), 4:00 - 6:00 PM. The event is called "Feeding Our Hunger: Poets Respond to Food Insecurity/Sharing Our Culture(s). Please share information about the "Feeding Our Hunger" event with your friends and students. We really appreciate that!

SJSU Product Durability Research

Join us on creating the world's largest object's durability database: have you had the experience of having an object in your home that lasts generations and that you feel was worth investing in? Or, the opposite, did you buy an object that promised to be a great investment, but it let you down after a few months or years? We would love to hear your story!

Sustainable Energy Minor Mixer 

Are you interested in a career in sustainable energy? We invite all students to join the Sustainable Energy Minor Mixer on Tuesday, 10/25/2022, at 1:30 pm in Dudley Moorhead Hall, room 164, to hear from faculty and alumni about our courses and career opportunities. 

Rooted - Social Justice Music & Art Festival

Join the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center for the annual Social Justice Music and Art Festival, Rooted today Thursday, October 6 from 4-7pm on SJSU Tower Lawn. 

SJSU Climate Change & Sustainability Fair

Climate Change & Sustainability Fair will be hosted on Tuesday (10/18/2022) from 10 am to 1 pm at SJSU 7th Street Plaza. The fair will follow the topic of 'Cool Solutions for a Warming Planet.' All students are welcome to join because there will be fun activities, food & music, and freebies. 

Restore the Delta will host a two day virtual event on Environmental Justice 

Restore the Delta will host a two-day virtual event on October 13th & 14th, 2022. Everyone is welcome to join this virtual event to learn from panelists and contribute ideas, knowledge, and experience in Environmental Environmental Justice related topics. 

SJSU Diversity Virtual Career Fair (10/6/2022)

SJSU Diversity Virtual Career Fair will start from 12-4pm on Tuesday (10/6). SJSU students will meet with employers from a wide range of industries to learn about their diverse programs, and their anticipated entry-level career and internship opportunities for all majors. All current SJSU students are welcome to attend.

SFEI ASC will host 2022 RMP Annual Meeting

The 2022 RMP Annual Meeting will be held on Monday October 3rd at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The theme of this year’s meeting is the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act  The meeting will feature perspectives on the Clean Water Act, as well as updates on the science and management of PCBs, chemicals of emerging concern, sediment, and nutrients. 

2022-2023 Campus Reading Program Book Selection

"All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis" is SJSU's Campus Reading book for the fall 2022 incoming class of first-year students. All We Can Save is a collection of essays, poetry, and art that serves as “both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while summoning truth, courage, and solutions, to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility.”

Coping with Climate Change Event

SJSU Campus Reading Program and the ENVS department will host the Coping with Climate Change event on September 27, 2022, from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM in WSQ-207. This event is a panel discussion of the societal impacts of climate change.We welcome all students to join!

New ORISE internships and fellowships with EPA

ORISE (Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and ORI (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) are opening various internships and fellowships opportunites. Applications are accepted till October-November 2022 from current students, recent graduates, and U.S. College/University faculty year round.

ENVS Graduate students can have an opportunity to get a $50,000 Grant

The Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the East-West Center (EWC) are offering an opportunity to get a $50,000 grant for graduate students. Interested students will do research about ocean and the deadline to apply is September 30th, 2022. 

Community Climate Action Day in San Jose

The Community Climate Action Day in the city of San Jose will be hosted on September 24th, 2022 by California Climate Action Corps, HandsOn Bay Area, and the City of San José.

Welcome all students to 'Global Studies Mixer' Event 

On Wednesday (9/28) from 6-7 PM, there will be an event 'Global Studies Mixer', we will have a pizza party and mixer for our students and faculty.The location is Environmental Studies' Sustainable Agriculture Garden (in between Washington Square Hall and the Science Building)

California Energy Commission will host a Virtual Career Fair

California Energy Commission will host a Virtual Career Fair on September 29, 2022 (11:30 am - 1 pm). People who join this event will not only know which career opportunities are available for them but they also will know more about The Energy Commission, the work culture there and benefits of employees

Northern California Recycling Association's event: Anual Community & Member Appreciation picnic

Northern California Recycling Association will host an event on Saturday, September 17, 2022, 11am - 3pm at Lake Temescal Streamside Picnic Area to appreciate community & organization memebers. 

Article: The Terrifying Choices created by Wildfires

"Many Californians are confronting a series of confounding decisions—among them, whether they should fight or flee." This is an article that reflected the wildfire situation in the state of California in 2020 and how much it affected Californians. 

SPARTAN SPEAKER Xiuhtezcatl Martinez "Youth Climate Advocacy: Creating Change"

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is coming to SJSU to advocate and inspire the youth in taking part in "creating change" environmentally. Join Martinez this September 14, at 7:00pm! 

Great news! SJSU Environmental Studies is officially nominated by Best Accredited Colleges in 2022

Best Accredited Colleges have nominated SJSU Environmental Studies as #7 in Best Bachelor's Degrees in Environmental Science. SJSU Global Studies is also #28 on the Best International Studies Bachelor's Degrees. 

NorCal Symposium on Climate, Health and Equity event

NorCal Symposium on Climate, Health, Equity event will be hosted on Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Class Schedule and Syllabi in Fall 2022 

Welcome Back, Spartan! We want to remind you that the Class Schedule and Syllabi in Fall 2022 semester are available now! 

Paid MS Assistantships in Prescribed Fire Ecology

The prescribed fire ecology team at San José State University is offering two internship opportunities for MS Ecology students. 

The Grass is Greener on This Side of the Fence

A recent research article by ENVS MS Grad Alex Dahl and ENVS Department Chair, Dr. Cushing, has been recently published!This publication talks about the "garden-based pedagogy as a strategy for increasing student environmental literacy" (Dahl, 2022)

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."

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.

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.

California Today's interview with Prof. Rachel O'Malley 

Sunnyvale residents use lasers to scare off local crows. Watch Prof. Rachel O'Malley in California Today explaining why the influx of ravens and crows could possibly affect the other surrounding environments close to Sunnyvale.

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.

Environmental Studies Professor Dustin Mulvaney quoted in the LATimes

There’s no comparison between those problems and the destruction wrought by fossil fuels, said Dustin Mulvaney, an environmental studies professor at San Jose State. Much of his research deals with the challenges posed by clean energy development, including solar panel supply chains and land-use conflicts. But the Huntington Beach oil spill, Mulvaney noted, is the type of “catastrophic accident” that you’d never see at a solar or wind farm.

KCBS Radio's interview with Professor Katherine Cushing about Exxon-Mobile's intent to go emission-free by 2050

Exxon Mobile is considering a pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but is it too little too late? KCBS Radio's Liz Saint John has more.

New initiative hopes to reduce plastic waste and consumption with Bruce Olszewski, Lecturer and Director of CDR, SJSU

The initiative would allow the state to limit plastic packaging and ensure that packaging that is allowed, is able to be recycled, composted, or reused.  For more, KCBS Radio news anchor Melissa Culross spoke with Bruce Olszewski, Lecturer and Director of the Center for the Development of Recycling at San Jose State University.

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.