Schedule & Content

Update 1/25/2020
ENVS 100.2/400/1: Potential to schedule speakers (in person or with Zoom) on Wed., Feb. 26, March 18, March 25

  • 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 (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, Jan. 13: No class meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 15: Delaware Run …

ENVS 198 (100.1)/498 (400.1): Introduction: Overview of course; introductions; discuss possible focus topics for future sessions, introduction to Project Drawdown by Dr. Laurie Anderson

Friday, Jan. 17: 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, Jan. 20: MLK Day: No Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 22: Humans, Environments, and the Anthropocene I & II

       Assign: RHM chapter (9-17) to each student & read for Wednesday, Jan. 29 meeting

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): ): Networking I: E&W, Tree House, Citizens’ Climate Lobby etc. starring Mahnoor Ansari & Kait Aromy & Juniper Deitering & Mackenzie MacDonald
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, Jan. 24: Caroline Cicerchi, Delaware Watershed & Sustainability Coordinator

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

Monday, Jan. 27: Janelle Valdinger: City fo Delaware & OWU Career Connection Catalyst
Wednesday, Jan. 29: Catastrophe and Triumph I & II: Introduction to Course Project

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Assign Course Reflection Project, Focus Topic Discussion led by Dr. Anderson

Friday, Jan. 31: Discussion of Chapter Review, Values, Ideas for Specific Project Proposal
       Assign: Student presentations of RHM chapters (see below); develop specific project proposal idea; Present  your rough ideas for focus topics to the class and email to instructor by 4 pm

Week 4: Approaches & Perspectives & Things I
Read (reminder): Your assigned RHM chapter and Assessing Your Environmental Values
Read: RHM Ch. 2, 9, 10, Transferable Skills

Monday, Feb. 3: Population & Scarcity I
Wednesdaty, Feb. 5: Population & Scarcity II

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

Friday, Feb. 7:  Things I: students present & discuss: Carbon Dioxide, Trees
       Due: Chapter review shared  by 9 am

Week 5: Approaches & Perspectives & Things II
Read RHM Ch. 3, 11, 12

Monday, Feb. 10: Markets & Commodities I
Wedbesday, Feb. 12: Markets & Commodities II

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

Friday, Feb. 14: Things II: students present & discuss: Wolves, Uranium

Week 6: Approaches & Perspectives & Things III
Read RHM Ch. 4, 13, 14

Monday, Feb. 17:  Institutions & the Commons I
Wedsneday, Feb. 19: Institutions & the Commons II

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

Friday, Feb. 21: Things III: students present & discuss: Tuna, Lawns

Week 7: Approaches & Perspectives & Things IV
Read RHM ch. 5

Monday, Feb. 24: Catchyup & Brief Presentation of Course Project Focus Topics
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Environmental Ethics I
       Due: Focus topic shared by 4 pm

ENVS 100.2/400.1: Mike Shelton, Associate Director, Ohio State University Sustainability Institute
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

ENVS 100.2/400.1: Share & Comment on Documents

Friday, Feb. 28: Environmental Ethics II

Week 8:Approaches & Perspectives & Things V
Read RHM ch. 5

Monday, March 2: Finding Focus Topic Sources
Wednesday, March 4: Finding Focus Topic Sources

Sustainability Task Force Meeting (STF, 202 Merrick)

Friday, March 6: Finding Focus Topic Sources

Week 9: Spring Break

Monday, March 9: No Class Meeting
Wednesday, March 11: No Class Meeting
Friday, March 13: No Class Meeting

Week 10: Approaches & Perspectives & Things VI

Monday, March 16: OWU Career Connection / OWU Alumni Network: Janelle Valdinger
Wednesday, March 18: TBA

Due: Revisions of RHM Chapter Review (if needed)

ENVS 100.2/400.1: Speaker or Focus Topic Discussion led by Dr. Anderson
ENVS 100.2: Due: Read and commented on drafts of 400.1 documents

ENVS 400.1: Due: Read and commented on drafts of  100.2 documents

Friday, March 20: Annotated Bibliography & Specific Project Proposal & Presentation Workshop
       Due: Focus topic sources (2 books, 2 articles, 2 WWW sites, proper citation style) share by 4 pm.

Week 11: Approaches & Perspectives & Things VII
Read RHM ch. 6, 15, 16, 17

Monday, March 23: Things IV: students present & discuss: Bottled Water & French Fries
Wednesday, March 25: Things V: students present & discuss:  E-Waste

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Speaker or Focus Topic Discussion led by Dr. Anderson

Friday, March 27: Risks & Hazards I

Week 12: Approaches & Perspectives & Things VIII
Read RHM ch. 7

Monday, March 30: Risks & Hazards 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, April 1: Political Economy I

Sustainability Task Force Meeting (STF, 202 Merrick)

Friday, April 3: Political Economy II

Week 13:
Read RHM ch. 8

Monday, April 6: Political Economy III & Presentations & Course Project Summary & Synthesis
Wednesday, April 8: Social Construction of Nature I

ENVS 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, April 10: Social Construction of Nature II

Week 14: Presentations I

Monday, April 13: Presentations
Wednesday, April 15: Presentations

ENVS 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, April 17: Presentations

Week 15: Presentations II

Monday, April 20: Presentations
Wednesday, April 22: Presentations

ENVS 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
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, April 24: Presentations

Week 16: Presentations II

Monday, April 27: Course Conclusions
       Due: Revisions to Annotated Bibliography and Proposal (if you choose; email instructor)
Wednesday, April 29: No Class Meeting

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): No Class Meeting – Submit online course evaluations

Friday, May 1: No Class Meeting

DUE: Course Project Summary & Synthesis due Monday, May 4, at noon. See Project page for details.