Schedule & Content

Update 9/16/2019

  • 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 12:10-1pm 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 (hebirk@owu.edu)
    • 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
Wednesday, Oct. 2: Institutions & the Commons II

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Sustainability Task Force Meeting (STF, 207 SCSC)
ENVS 198: due: 2-page review of OWU E&S partners with questions and ideas
ENVS 498: due: 2-page reflection on experiences with OWU E&S partners

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

Week 8: Projects & Fall Break

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

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

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 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Seniors present a reflective overview of E&S achievements

Friday, Oct. 18: Environmental Ethics I

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

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

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Seniors present a reflective overview of E&S achievements

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): Freshmen/sophomores present preliminary plan for future at OWU
ENVS 198: due: 2-page review of senior experiences with questions and ideas
ENVS 498: due: 2-page overview of E&S achievements

Friday, Nov. 1: Political Economy I

Week 12: Course Projects: Progress & Consultations
Read RHM ch. 7, 8

Monday, Nov. 4: Political Economy II
       Due: Annotated Bibliography (250-300 words per source) share by 4 pm.
Wednesday, Nov 6: Social Construction of Nature I

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

Friday, Nov. 8: Social Construction of Nature II

Week 13: Course Projects: Presentations I

Monday, Nov. 11: Presentations
Wednesday, Nov. 13: Presentations

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Freshmen/sophomores present preliminary plan for future at OWU

Friday, Nov. 15: Presentations

Week 14: Presentations II

Monday, Nov. 18: Presentations
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Presentations

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Freshmen/sophomores present preliminary plan for future at OWU
ENVS 198: due: 2-page future plans at OWU
ENVS 498: due: 2-page reflection on E&S achievements, experiences, and program improvements

Friday, Nov. 22: Presentations

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: Finishing Up

Monday, Dec. 2: Presentations (leftovers, if needed)
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Course Project Summary & Synthesis

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

Friday, Dec. 6: Course Conclusions

DUE: End of scheduled final exam period: Completed Course Project Synthesis shared with the instructor