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Lewis & Clark is committed to learning, innovation, and principled action on matters related to sustainability. Our research and actions extend beyond our campus into the wider world, we build on the best available scholarship and practice in our endeavors, and we recognize the importance and interrelatedness of ecology, economy, and equity.

→ Environmental Studies Major

The undergraduate environmental studies major and minor situates environmental problems and solutions in a scholarly context, working alongside other academic disciplines to build a more livable world. Sustainability is one of many important concepts the ENVS Program interrogates via its courses.

→ Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Frequently ranked best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, this law school program includes an extensive curriculum, outstanding faculty, and numerous practical skills opportunities.

→ Ecopsychology in Counseling Certificate

This graduate school program explores how counseling psychologists can contribute to sustainability, drawing on scientific research and applying it to mental health practice.

→ Fall 2018 CAS Sustainability-Related Courses 

BIO-141 Investigations in Ecology and Environmental science
An introduction to principles underlying the distribution and abundance of species. Examination of how these principles can inform understanding of issues like overpopulation, climate change, invasive species, pollution, species extinction. Introduction to the methods of scientific investigation through laboratory and field studies that describe ecological phenomena and test hypotheses. Lecture and laboratory.
Professor: Margaret Metz

BIO-221 Marine Biology
Physical, chemical, and biological processes that promote and maintain marine biodiversity. Ecological and evolutionary mechanisms at work within marine environments, with emphasis on natural-selection processes that produce specific physiological adaptations, body types, and behavioral strategies. Lecture, discussion, laboratory; field trips to coastal habitats.
Professor: Kenneth Clifton

ENVS-160 Intro to Env. Studies
Scholarly perspectives on environmental problems and solutions, integrating concepts and analytical skills drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Foundation for all subsequent courses in the environmental studies major. Lectures, faculty and guest presentations, regular online assignments, individual and group research projects. Emphasis on sustainability includes critique from ecological, political, and cultural dimensions, and exploration of alternative environmental norms including resilience, justice, and others.
Professor: Jim Proctor

ENVS-220 Environmental Analysis
Development of research and analytical skills in environmental studies as preparation for upper-division work by majors and minors. Emphasis on formulation, practice, and communication of research. Skills span full range of allied fields, including descriptive and inferential statistics, geographic information systems, survey and interview techniques, qualitative data analysis, and bibliographic research. Lectures, individual and small-group assignments, and course project. Accompanying lab provides opportunity for students to build analytical skills via real-world research. Emphasis on sustainability includes qualitative analysis of divergent sustainability meanings in environmental discourse.
Professor: Jim Proctor

SOAN-249 Political Economy of Food
Situating food at the intersection of political economy, society, and culture, an exploration of how food is produced and consumed. Topics include the relationships between society and agricultural forms; technologies of food production and ecological impacts; commodity chains and the industrialization of foods; food inequality and hunger; food and the body (e.g., diets, health, obesity, anorexia, fast food vs. slow food, farmer’s markets vs. supermarkets); and cultures of food—from personal identity to ethnic identity to cuisine tourism to utopian visions.
Professor: Bob Goldman

SOAN-365 Political Economy of Green Capitalism
Exploration of the effectiveness of environmentally motivated technologies in mitigating global environmental problems when these technologies become materially organized as capitalist markets and commodities. Examines whether commodification of nature can remedy ecological crises. Students will read key theoretical texts and use political economic frameworks to analyze four cases of environmental technologies. Topics include renewable energies (solar, wind, wave), recycling materials industries, innovative technologies for lighting, fuel cells, sustainably produced organic foods, the carbon and the carbon-dioxide economy, and the expansion of “green consumerism.” Arguments of critics and proponents will be considered.
Professor: Bob Goldman



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