ES 50th Anniversary

In recognition of the Environmental Studies Program's 50th year as an academic department at UC Santa Barbara, the five decades of environmental activism, education, and research at UCSB, and building upon Santa Barbara's legacy as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement we have partnered with a number of departments to host many special events and programs throughout the year. You can view a calendar of these events by clicking here or visiting UCSB's Arts & Lectures, their special Forces of Nature lecture series(.pdf), UCSB Campus Calendar, or the UCSB Alumni Association. See a brief history of ES here. If you're unable to make it to our events but still want to help out you're welcome to donate to the ES 50th Fund.

You are welcome to read a short letter written by Professor Emeritus Rod Nash, founding chair of the ES Program, on the ocassion of the fiftieth anniversary of the ES Progrm: "The Greening of Higher Education at UCSB."

50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion 
Feb. 28 - March 1, 2020 @ UCSB!

Following a tradition started in 1975, the Environmental Studies Program hosts a quinquennial celebration and alumni reunion (every five years) in honor of the founding of our department and recognize the incredible work of our graduates. Throughout the weekend we have scheduled themed panels highlighting the diverse areas in which our graduates work as well as discuss critical environmental issues, multiple receptions and opportunities to mingle with fellow alumni and current students, the world premiere of a 30 minute documentary on the history of the ES Program, fabulous meals, a talk by Bill McKibben, and much more! You can review the entire weekend's schedule here or download the physical event program as a .pdf here.

View the updated ES 50th Weekend Schedule/Program by clicking here.

Friday, February 28, 2020 
Alumni panels/student mixers and welcome reception

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Two rounds of themed panel discussions in the morning, catered lunch & award presentations, two themed afternoon plenaries including the premier of the ES Program's newest documentary, catered dinner, and Bill McKibben talk.

Sunday, March 1, 2020
Three special tours and two unique lectures by ES faculty and alumni - all free.


You may also subscribe to Friends-of-ES listserv email listserv to receive updates on all ES sponsored events and the 50th Anniversary as they become available. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Eric Zimmerman, ES 50th Anniversary co-chair, by email or phone: 805-893-2968.

ES 50th Accomodations Info:

PARKING: A parking permit for all day Saturday is included with the purchase of a ES 50th ticket.  Guest will be on their own for parking for events on Friday and Sunday.  More info on where to park for each day will be posted here in the next few days.

HOTELS: The hotels that have strong relationships with UCSB Alumni can be found here:
Most of these hotels offer a “UCSB Alumni” rate when you call and book your stay.  I know Best Western, Kimpton Goodland, and Pacifica Suites offer discounts ranging from 15%-25%.

Upcoming ES 50th Events:

1/11/20 Symposium: "Children in Nature: Prescription for a Healthy Planet" Keynote speaker: Richard Louv )--author of Last child in the woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, Followed b panel discussions with loccal educators such as Dan Fontaine (Wilderness Youth Project), Mark Wilkinson, (SB County Trails), Bridget Lewin (UCSB's Kids in Nature program), and Scot Pipkin (SBBG Education Director) and Chris Lortie (NCEAS). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. County Schools Building at 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road Info & Tickets
1/14/20 Lecture by: Katherin Hayhoe, 2019 United Nations Champion of the Earth.  :Science in a Fact-Free-World" Part of the UCSB A&L's Forces of Nature Lecture Series which the ES Program is a sponsor. 7:30 pm in Campbell Hall, UCSB - FREE A&L Website
2/29/20 Lecture by: Bill McKibben. "Our Changing Climate:  A Global Movement of Reform" Co-sponsored by Envirnmental Studies Program and UCSB Arts and Lectures. 7:30 pm in Campbell Hall, UCSB A&L Website
2/28/20 - 3/1/20 ES Program's 50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion Friday thru Sunday:  multiple events, lectures, symposiums, etc. hosted by the Environmental Studie Program's 50th Anniversary Committee Multiple times and venues @ UCSB Register
4/16/20 Lecture by: Carolyn Finney. Lecture Title is TBA Environmental Studies Program's 39th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture Time and locatin is TBA ES News & Events
5/4/20 Lecture by: Elizabeth Rush on her book titled "Rising: Dispatches from the New American"

Her book is the 2020 selection of the award-winning UCSB Reads initiative.  UCSB Reads is presented by the University Library, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and additional campus and community partners including the Environemntal Studies Program.

Time and locatin is TBA Info

A Brief History of Environmental Studies....

It was 50 years ago when Santa Barbara experienced the worst oil spill in U.S. history up to that time. The University of California, Santa Barbara was within sight and smell of the littered channel and its beaches.
On February 18th, 1969 a group of twenty-one faculty from eight different departments across campus, calling themselves The Friends of the Human Habitat, met to discuss the possibility of promoting some form of environmental education at UCSB.
Just six months after the disastrous Santa Barbara Oil Spill in January 1969, the chancellor approved creating one of the first of a new breed of educational programs in the country. The Environmental Studies Program at UCSB was set up as a multidisciplinary program drawing on the strengths of many fields and providing an interdisciplinary approach to addressing today’s complex environmental issues.
In the Fall of 1970 the first courses in environmental studies were taught and the ES Program’s first graduating class in 1972 consisted of 12 students.  In 2018-19 ES graduated 337 students.
Today, with more than 1,100 enrolled students, 43 faculty, affiliated faculty, and lecturers teaching over 90 courses, and over 7,250 alumni actively working to preserve and protect our environment, the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara is considered one of the oldest, largest, and most successful undergraduate environmental programs in the world. 
For more on the history of the ES Program at UC Santa Barbara visit the ES History webpage!