Schedule & Content

Update 12/05/2019

  • ENVS 110 (100.1): Introduction to Environment & Sustainability meets MWF at 11-11:50am in 207 SCSC
  • ENVS 198 (100.1)/498 (400.1): Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future meets W at 12:10-1 pm in 207 SCSC or other locations
  • Readings: RHM = Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition)

Resources for course and project:

  • ENVS 110 Course Project Library Resources
  • Holly Birk, Public Services & Science Librarian (
    • Hobson Science Library, Room 282. Research help for students Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
    • Beeghly Library, Room 141 other times

Additional Resources:

Week 1: Environment & Sustainability & Your Backyard (Delaware, OH, for now)

Monday, Aug. 19: No class meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Wander: Delaware Run

ENVS 198 (100.1)/498 (400.1): Introduction: Overview of course; introductions; sing-along; nap

Friday, Aug. 23: What is this Class?

Week 2: Some Background
Read: RHM Ch. 1
Read: Your assigned RHM chapter (see list in email and on projects page)

Monday, Aug. 26: Humans, Environments, and the Anthropocene I
       Assign: RHM chapter (9-17) to each student & read for Monday, Sept. 9 meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 28: Humans, Environments, and the Anthropocene II

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Networking I: E&W (Nina Codrington-White), Tree House (Kait Aromy)
ENVS 198: Brief notes on session, two questions, ask one during meeting
ENVS 498: Senior perspectives on living on campus and clubs: at least one comment during meeting.

Friday, Aug. 30: Humans, Environments, and the Anthropocene III

Week 3: Catastrophe and Triumph I
Read: Your assigned RHM chapter
Read: Assessing Your Environmental Values
Read Howald & Krygier “Scrappy Sustainability”

Monday, Sept. 2: No Class Meeting!
Wednesday, Sept. 4: Catastrophe and Triumph I

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Sustainability Task Force Meeting (STF, 207 SCSC)

Friday, Sept. 6: Catastrophe and Triumph II: Introduction to Course Project

Week 4: Catastrophe and Triumph II
Read (reminder): Your assigned RHM chapter and Assessing Your Environmental Values
Read: Transferable Skills

Monday, Sept. 9: Discussion of Chapter Review, Values, Ideas for Specific Project Proposal; Installation of storm drain net, Delaware Run (9:30-noon)
       Assign: Prepare to present key ideas from RHM chapters (see schedule below);  specific project proposal idea
Wednesdaty, Sept. 11: Janelle Valdinger, City of Delaware Public Utilities, GIS

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): No class meeting!

Friday, Sept. 13: Caroline Cicerci, City of Delaware, Sustainability & Environment

Week 5: Approaches & Perspectives I
Read RHM Ch. 2, 9, 10

Monday, Sept. 16: Instructor taken down by acute viral nasopharyngitis
Wedbesday, Sept. 18: OWU Career Connection / OWU Alumni Network

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Networking II: Jay Scheffel (B&G) & Ed Pullin (ABM)

Friday, Sept. 20: Population & Scarcity I and II

Week 6: Approaches & Perspectives II
Read RHM Ch. 3, 11, 12

Monday, Sept. 23: Things I: students present & discuss: Carbon Dioxide, Trees
       Due: Chapter review shared  by 9 am
Wedsneday, Sept. 25: Markets & Commodities I and II

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Networking III: Jim Pearce (AVI)

Friday, Sept. 27: Things II: students present & discuss: Wolves, Uranium

Week 7: Approaches & Perspectives III
Read RHM ch. 4, 13, 14

Monday, Sept. 30: Institutions & the Commons I & II
Wednesday, Oct. 2: Catchyup & Brief Presentation of Course Project Focus Topics

ENVS 1oo.2: assign Freshman/Sophomore E&S Plans for the Future Document
ENVS 400.1: assign Senior E&S Achievement & Assessment Document

Friday, Oct. 4: Things III: students present & discuss: Tuna, Lawns

Week 8: Projects & Fall Break

Monday, Oct. 7: Further Discussion of Project Focus Topics
       Due: Focus topic shared by 4 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Fall Break

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Before Fall Break
ENVS 1oo.2: due: draft of Freshman/Sophomore E&S Plans for the Future Document
ENVS 400.1: due: draft of Senior E&S Achievement & Assessment Document

Friday, Oct. 11: Fall Break

Week 9: Approaches & Perspectives IV
Read RHM ch. 5

Monday, Oct. 14: Finding Focus Topic Sources (Instructor and/or Science Librarian)
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Finding Focus Topic Sources (Instructor and/or Science Librarian)

ENVS 100.2: Trade Documents (with 400.1)
ENVS 400.1: Trade Documents (with 100.2)

Friday, Oct. 18: Environmental Ethics I

Week 10: Approaches & Perspectives V
Read RHM ch. 5, 15, 16, 17

Monday, Oct. 21: Environmental Ethics II and Things IV.1: Bottled Water
Wednesday, Oct. 23: Things IV: students present & discuss: French Fries & E-Waste

ENVS 100.2: Due: Read and comment on drafts of 400.1 documents
ENVS 400.1: Due: Read and comment on 3 of 100.2 documents
ENVS 100.2/400.1: Discuss / feedback on documents to prep for presentations (W N 6 and W N 13)

Friday, Oct. 25: Annotated Bibliography & Specific Project Proposal & Presentation Workshop
       Due: Focus topic sources (2 books, 2 articles, 2 WWW sites, with proper citation style) share by 4 pm.

Week 11: Approaches & Perspectives VI
Read RHM ch. 6, 7

Monday, October 28: Risks & Hazards I
Wednesday, October 30: Risks & Hazards II

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Elli Sparks, Director of Field Development for Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Food provided. This serves as the next meeting of the Sustainability Task Force.

Friday, Nov. 1: Political Economy I

Week 12: Approaches & Perspectives V
Read RHM ch. 7, 8

Monday, Nov. 4: Political Economy II

Due: Annotated Bibliography (250-300 words per source) share by 4 pm.

Due: Draft of specific project proposal (2-3 pages) share by 4 pm.

Wednesday, Nov 6: Political Economy III

Discussion with Ryan Zlatanova, OWU ’17, World Wildlife Fund – Washington, DC

Friday, Nov. 8: Social Construction of Nature I

Week 13: Interstitial

Monday, Nov. 11: Social Construction of Nature II
Wednesday, Nov. 13: Catch-up &  Course Project Summary & Synthesis

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Seniors present 5-minute reflection on time at OWU
ENVS 100.2: Freshmen/sophomores present 5-minute preliminary plan for future at OWU

Friday, Nov. 15: Early Option Presentations: Douglas, Schill

Week 14: Presentations I

Monday, Nov. 18: Vaughn, McQueen
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Nkulikiyimfura, Otap, Caryl

ENVS 100.2: Freshmen/sophomores present 5-minute preliminary plan for future at OWU
ENVS 1oo.2: due: revised, final Freshman/Sophomore E&S Plans for the Future Document

ENVS 400.1: due: revised, final Senior E&S Achievement & Assessment Document

Friday, Nov. 22: Littlefield, Stavar, Streb, Roush

Week 15: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Thanksgiving Break

Friday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving Break

Week 16: Presentations II

Monday, Dec. 2: Lashway, Patil, Bulander
       Due: Revisions to Annotated Bibliography and Proposal (if you choose; email instructor)
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Sherman, Chancellor, Landis, Chando, Frisch

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Sustainability Task Force Meeting (STF, 202 Merrick)

Friday, Dec. 6: Winfield &  Course Conclusions

DUE: Course Project Summary & Synthesis due Wednesday, Dec. 11. See Project page for details.