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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)!  We are looking forward to a fabulous Fall semester!  All five of our regular faculty will be on campus, and many of our wonderful lecturers are returning to teach more ENSP classes.  Dr. Rocky Rohwedder has put together an amazing line-up for our Environmental Forum class -- please remember this lecture series is open to everyone, not just enrolled students, so check out the list of visiting speakers, and please attend when you can!  Please also be aware of several deadlines early in the semester: new internship paperwork (completely filled out and signed by the student, internship supervisor, and academic advisor) is due no later than August 27, and graduation applications (required for those graduating in Dec. 2014, highly recommended for those graduating in May 2015) are due no later than September 15.  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 accepted applications for new majors and minors during October 2014. Our next application period will be spring semester 2015. Dates have not been set. Please continue to check our website in early spring for details. Spring 2015 admittance will be for currently enrolled students at Sonoma State University. If questions, visit our office.