ES 50th Anniversary

REGISTER TODAY:   50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion
Friday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, March 1, 2020

Please join the faculty, staff, students, and our 7,300 alumni in celebrating our 50th year as an academic department at UC Santa Barbara!  Established in 1970, the Environmental Studies Program is one of the first and most successful multidisciplinary environmental studies programs in the world. 

ATTEND a number of special events, programs, and lectures organized throughout the year by the ES Program, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and and other campus departments recognizing the five decades of environmental activisim, education, and research at UCSB and building upon Santa Barbara's legacy as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement.  View a calendar of ES sponsored events by clicking here and campus and community environmental events here . Be sure to also visit the Arts & Lectures special Forces of Nature lecrture series(.pdf) here.  New events are being added regulary so be sure to check back frequently.

PARTICIPATE In the ES Program's 50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion: Feb. 28th-March 1, 2020! 
Get Your Ticket(s) Here!
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 to celebrate the founding of the ES Program.  The ES 50th Anniversary Organizing Committee is working hard to lineup an amazing schedule of events and hope to bring back over 400 ES alumni to help celebrate this milestone. There will be a number of themed panels highlighting the diverse areas in which 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 find below a tentative weekend schedule that's still being finalized:

Friday, February 28, 2020

Registration check-in, two alumni panels, and a welcome reception in the evening.

- 2:00 - 3:00 pm   Alumni Panel 1, Loma Pelona, UCSB  (FREE)
- 3:00 - 4:00 pm   Alumni Panel 2, Loma Pelona, UCSB  (FREE)
- 4:00 - 6:30 pm   50th Welcome Reception & Check-in, location TBD on UCSB Campus

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Registration and morning breakout sessions led by the Faculty of the Environmental Studies Program dedicated to critical issues in the environment. A lunch award reception recognizing outstanding alimni will follow. In the afternoon, two plenary sessions in Campbell Hall and the screening of a documentary on the creation and evolution of the Environmental Studies Program. In the evening, a dinner reception to reunite with old friends and current and former faculty of the Environmental Studies Program. Following dinner, move to Campbell Hall for Bill McKibben’s talk titled Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of Reform, in celebration of our Program.

- 8:00 - 9:00 am   Check-in/Registration at UCSB (light refreshments provided)  - specific location TBD
- 9:00 - 12:00 pm   Themed Breakout Sessions, UCSB - specific location TBD 
- 12:00 - 1:30 pm   Lunch and Awards Presentation, RecCen Pavillion, UCSB
- 1:30-4:30 pm   Plenary Sessions, Campbell Hall, UCSB
- 5:00 - 7:00 pm   Reception and Dinner, RecCen Pavillion, UCSB
- 7:30 pm   Bill McKibben Talk, Campbell Hal, UCSB

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Free time to catch up with fellow Alumni or join faculty and staff for free actives such as local hikes, tours of campus, a mini-symposium on Yosemite National Park, and other programmatic activities.

Award Recipients

This year we will be recognizing a number of the ES Program's outstanding faculty and alumni including a number of our founding faculty members, 45 plus years of teaching by Mel Manalis and Paul Wack, and our latest recipients of the ES Program's Outstanding Alumnus Awards:  

   • 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)

Please visit the ES 50th Registration page today to reserve your ticket(s) - space is limited. Tickets are just $125 for alumni and guests and $40 for current students and covers the entire weekend, including Friday's reception, all events and two meals on Saturday, most of Sunday's optional events, and 50th Anniversary swag. And don't forget to make your travel arrangements now so you can come visit UCSB and help ES celebrate its 50th birthday.  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:

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!