ES 50th Anniversary

Please join the faculty, staff, students, and our 7,250 alumni in celebrating our 50th year as an academic department at UCSB!  Established in 1970, the Environmental Studies Program is one of the first and most successful multidisciplinary environmental studies programs in the world. 

We've partnered with a number of campus departments and organizations to organize a year-long schedule of events, programs, and lectures recognizing UCSB, ES, and Santa Barbara's pivotal role in the environmental movement for the past 50 years!  Please see our ever growing calendar of events and lectures below or clicking here.

SAVE THE DATE - ES Program's Alumni Reunion and 50th Anniversary Celebration! Following a tradition started in 1975, every five years the Environmental Studies Program hosts an alumni reunion at UCSB in honor of the incredible work and accomplishments of our graduates and celebrate the founding of the ES Program at UCSB.  The ES 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee is working hard to lineup an amazing schedule of events during the weekend of February 28th - March 1, 2020 and we hope you will be able to join us!
While the programing is still being finalized, we are excited to announce the following ES graduates will be attending to accept the ES Program's Outstanding Alumnus Award:  

   • Christopher Gavigan, co-founder, Chief Purpose Officer, The Honest Company (2019 recipient)
   • Michael Reynolds, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park  (2020 recipient)
   • Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Parks Foundation  (2020 recipient)
   • Leila Salazar-López, Executive Director of Amazon Watch (2020 recipient)

Additionally, environmental author, journalist, and educator Bill McKibben will be one of our keynote speakers on Saturday evening, February 29th, 2020 talking on "Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of Reform."

There will also be a number of themed alumni panels highlighting the diverse areas our graduates work, multiple receptions and opportunities to mingle and reconnect with fellow alumni, the world premiere of a 30 minute documentary on the history of the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB, and much more!

Please save the date on your calendar (February 28-March 1, 2020) and start making your travel arrangements to come help ES celebrate its 50th birthday.  We plan to official launch an event registration webpage for the 50th Anniversary, Alumni Reunion, and Bill McKibben talk by the end of November, so please check this page regularly for updates.  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.
Upcoming ES 50th Events:

Public Forum: "Building a Green New Deal: Community, Coalition and Organizing for Environmental Justice"

Co-sponsored by the IHC’s Critical Mass series, Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies Program, the Fund for Santa Barbara, and the Central Coast Climate Justice Network

6:00 pm in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

10/29/19 Lecture by: Felicia Marcus. “Rising to Resilience: Sustainable Water Management” Environmental Studies Program’s 5th Annual Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture and Potluck 5:30 pm in Bren 1414 Info

Event/Opening of New Exhibition: "From Eunice Foote to UCSB: A Story of Women, Science and Climate Change"

Event will include a panel discussion with UCSB faculty Summer Gray (Environmental Studies), Lorraine Lisiecki (Earth Science), Samantha Stevenson (Bren School) and Anna Trugman (Geography).  Moderated by David Pellow (Environmental Studies).  The panel will be followed by a reception and opportunity to view the exhibition.

4 pm @ UCSB Library, Instruction & Training Room 1312 Info
12/4/19 Forum: "Coming of Age at the End of the World: An Existential Toolkit for the Climate Generation" by Sarah Jaquette Ray Part of the Capps Center Forum on Ethics and Public Policy and co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. 7 pm in Corwin Pavillon, UCSB Info
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
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 Reg Info TBA
4/16/20 Lecture by: Carolyn Finney. Lecture Title is TBA Environmental Studies Program's 39th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture TBD 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.