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Environmental Studies & Planning

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From Department Chair, Laura A. Watt

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning (ENSP)!  All five of our regular faculty will be on campus, and many of our wonderful lecturers are returning to teach more ENSP classes.    Please get in touch with your advisor(s) early and often, as that is your best way to stay on track to a smooth graduation.  Looking forward to a wonderful semester!

  • Robin Burton, a charismatic and dedicated teacher of agroecology and native plant propagation at SSU, recently passed away. Robin was a graduate of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at SSU. After graduation she went on to do field work in agriculture in Latin America as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. In addition to sharing her wealth of experienced-based insights and life philosophy with university students, Robin also passed her passion on to high school students through her work at the Orchard View Charter School in Sebastopol.

    As an instructor at SSU for over a decade, Robin was loved by all for her wit, practical knowledge, and passion for all of life — but especially plants. Robin's Life Tribute was published in the Press Democrat on September 21, 2014. A second memoriam was published in Sonoma West, Sonoma County on October 8.


  • The ENSP Department is currently accepting applications for new majors and minors during March 1st to 27th at 4pm 2015. Spring 2015 admittance will be for currently enrolled students at Sonoma State University. Please visit our applying to ENSP page.