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EnvironmentalStudiesAssociates

Committed to Maintaining the Quality of the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB Inside This Issue

ESA c/o UCSB Office of Community Relations, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1136 (805) 893-4388 esinfo@es.ucsb.edu http://www.es.ucsb.edu/ people/esa

Fall 2008 Tom Rogers Scholarship Recipient Participates in “Sustainable Bolivia” Over the summer Chrissy Elles ventured to Bolivia to discover the possibilities of sustainable development in one of the poorest countries of Latin America

New ES Faculty Hires The ES Program is proud to announce two new additions to the faculty, Peter Alagona and Simone Pulver, who will begin working at UCSB in July 2009

2008 Graduation Celebrations Another successful Commencement Ceremony and Reception hosted by the Environmental Studies Program

ES Alumni Profile One a teacher, the other a land-use planner, Michael and Sean Nicholas establish what could be the first father and son ES alumni pair Page 3

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To m R o g e r s S c h o l a r s h i p R e c i p i e n t C h r i s s y E l l e s “ B r i n g i n g Po w e r t o t h e Pe o p l e ” By Cassie Roth & David Pritchett if countries develop in unsustainable ways, our planet will surely pass a tipping point. More than 1.1 billion people live on less than $1 a day, 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation, and more than 1.6 billion human beings do not have access to energy.”

Last May, the Environmental Studies Associates (ESA) Board awarded the annual Tom Rogers scholarship to two exceptional students, Chrissy Elles and James Mrohs. Elles applied her $3000 award towards working during the summer with an organization called Sustainable Bolivia. With his $2000 award, Mrohs plans to start an environmental section in the UCSB student-run newspaper The Bottom Line beginning in autumn 2008. A 2005 graduate of Vintage High School in Napa, Chrissy Elles spent much of the summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, studying and living sustainable development practices in one of the poorest countries of Latin America. Through the non-profit group Sustainable Bolivia, Elles lived with a host-family and strengthened her Spanish skills while interning with the local alternative energy company Energetica, whose motto is, Energia Para El Desarollo (Energy for Development). Energetica seeks to provide the rural villagers, schools, and hospitals with sustainable energy systems such as solar panels, bio-diesel generators, and efficient woodstoves. Elles helped with administrative work and translating documents, but also met with the villagers to promote the use of sustainable energy.

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To learn more of Chrissy Elles’s experiences in Bolivia, go ahead and read her article, “Bringing Power to the People” at the Napa Valley Register. A double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, and Chair of Campus Democrats Club, Elles is leading a voter registration drive that so far has UCSB with more newly registered voters than any college in the nation. James Mrohs, the other scholarship recipient, will be highlighted in the next ESA newsletter.

Elles with a salteña, a Bolivian delicacy Only one out of six rural families in Bolivia has access to modern energy sources. In her report to ESA, Elles concludes: “Through my studies I’ve come to realize that the development of Third World countries is one of the most dangerous, yet greatest, opportunities that faces our generation. Dangerous, because

The Tom Rogers scholarship is funded by the investment return of the endowment, now more than $155 thousand. Tax-deductible donations are welcome, so multiple scholarships can be awarded per year or larger awards can be made to keep up with rising educational costs. Contact UCSB Community Relations O f fi c e via e-mail (paddy.moriarty@ia.ucsb.edu) or phone 805893-4388.

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E x c i t i n g N e w E S Fa c u l t y H i r e s ! By Lee Moldaver Rob Almy, the popular Environmental Studies lecturer and County’s Water Agency director, has returned to New England, and his classes will be taken up by current ES lecturer David Stone. (Stone and colleague, Ken Victorino, recently gave a marvelous talk for ESA at the Faulkner Gallery.) Also, the Environmental Studies Program has proudly announced the appointment of two new ladder-track professors, Peter Alagona and Simone Pulver, who will begin their full-time, on-campus faculty activities in July 2009. Currently working at Stanford University, Peter Alagona is participating as a Fellow in the Bill Lane Center’s Study of

the North American West. While there, he’s working on a book manuscript that covers the political history of endangered species conservation in California. Alagona is specialized in the changing roles of science and technology in American environmental politics and while at UCSB his teaching will be evenly split between the Environmental Studies and History departments. Alagona holds degrees from Northwestern University, UCSB, and UCLA. Simone Pulver’s research focuses on global environmental governance, corporate environmental decision-making, and environmental social movements. In particular, she has studied the roles played by transnational oil corporations and transnational environmental advocacy

networks in the United Nations climate change negotiations. Earlier this year she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar grantee to India. Based in New Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru University, she will study the environmental practices of Indian enterprises, focusing on how Indian sugar companies implement greenhouse gas-reducing technologies. Pulver will compare her findings in India with parallel results from the sugar sector in Brazil, for a cross-national comparative project. The Indian research expands on her work on businesses’ role in climate change and on such multinational policy tools as the Clean Development Mechanism. Pulver holds degrees from Princeton University, UC Berkeley, and Brown University.

2008 Commencement Ceremony At the conclusion of each academic year, family, friends, and faculty gather at the Environmental Studies commencement and reception in celebration of that year’s graduating ES class!

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ES Alumni Profile: Michael Nicholas (’77) and Sean Nicholas (’03) By Andrew Bermond Two men separated by a generation, forged their own paths in life yet both arrived in the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB.  They followed different career paths using the same education separated by a quarter century - establishing what could be the first father and son ES alumni pair.   One a teacher, the other a land-use planner, both are testaments to the endurance of the multidisciplinary education afforded them by Alma Mater. In 1974, Michael Nicholas moved into the dorms at UCSB to study in the new Environmental Studies Program.  Michael had moved back home with his family of Kaiser Steel workers in Fontana, California.  He had dropped out of UC Berkeley's English Department where he succeeded academically, but found the pace of life in "the big city" confounding.  He was working with his friends at the US Post Office when one of them asked him to apply with him to this new program at UCSB.  His friend did not get in, but Michael decided to pursue this opportunity anyway. Shortly after moving in to his room on the fourth floor of San Nicolas Hall, Michael met the woman of his dreams.   They knew they had met their soul mates, but what they could not know was that their son would live on the very same floor 25 years later! The Environmental Studies Program was in its infancy, and Michael enjoyed exploring a field that was exploring itself at the same time.  In his studies, he discovered his desire to teach environmental issues to subsequent generations.   He soon added English and Geology minors, completed his degree, married his girlfriend, and began his career as an earth sciences teacher and tennis instructor at a middle school in Oceanside, California.  ESA Newsletter, Fall 2008

"Mr. Nic" as he is known, has inspired children to pursue careers in science and environmental issues for more than 30 years.  His infectious enthusiasm for the planet, and the Gauchos, has inspired numerous students to pursue an ES degree at UCSB over the years.

ber Gregg, who he began dating.   Amazingly, Amber hailed from Fontana, California where her parents and Michael were once classmates!  The two were married this September in San Diego - and the possibility of a third generation ES student may soon follow!

Both men say some of their best times were in Isla Vista.  Michael is proud to see his son follow in his legacy, but prouder to see how he has forged his own path.  Their stories are a testament to the diversity of opportunity afforded by the multidisciplinary education the ES Program provides.   Yet, as Sean points out, their jobs are not that dissimilar: "To take complicated policies and plans and translate them for the confused and angry guy at the planning counter requires many of the same skills my father uses in the classroom.  Deductive reasoning, research After working for the cities of Guadalupe skills, and communication skill sets that and Grover Beach, Sean took a planning we developed at UCSB translate into position in the City of San Clemente in pretty much any line of work, really." 2006. There he met another planner, AmIn 1999, Sean Nicholas moved in to San Nicolas Hall intent on completing an Environmental Studies degree and becoming a teacher like his father.  There he introduced his neighbor (the author of this article) to the ES program.  Upon taking Marc McGinnes’s and Paul Wack's environmental law and land use planning courses, Sean discovered a new passion.  He completed a double major in ES and History, and continued his studies to earn a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at Cal Poly. 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE E N V I R O N M E N TA L S T U D I E S A S S O C I AT E S

ESA OFFICERS: Co-Presidents

Andrew Bermond Jennifer Scholl

November

ESA Fall Student Mixer, 11/5

ESA Community Lecture, Barbara Walker, 11/19

December

ESA Board Meeting, 12/8

January

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

February

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

March

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

Tom Rogers Scholarship Celebration, 3/17, TBA

April

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

May

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

ESA Spring Student Mixer, TBA

June

ESA Board Meeting, TBA

ESA Participation in Commencement Ceremony & Reception, 6/20

Vice President

Alison Jordan

Treasurer

Greg Mohr

Secretary and Newsletter Cassie Roth

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