Giving to Environmental Studies

The goal of Environmental Studies at UCSB has always been to provide our students with the best possible opportunities to learn and develop. We have an outstanding faculty and staff; people who are talented, committed, and effective. We invite you to join us in pursuit of these goals.

Environmental Studies has several targets that could particularly benefit from your support. One may contribute to any of the following funds by visiting UCSB's secure giving portal or contacting one of UCSB's Development Officers.

William Freudenburg Academic Development Endowment

Nothing can replace going into the field and getting your “hands dirty” for really learning about the environment. For a student, spending time in the field is an opportunity to interact with, and get to know, faculty that can never be matched in the classroom. It is vital for Environmental Studies to be able to provide as many field trip opportunities as possible, and to make each as valuable as possible. This fund exists to enhance undergraduate environmental education, including field trips and classroom technology. It is named to honor Bill Freudenburg, who passed away in December 2010. Bill was the model of an environmental studies professor; he held the Dehlsen Endowed Chair in Environmental Studies and was a world class scholar, committed to using his work to make the world a better place for all people. He was also an inspiring and popular educator who taught among other classes ENV S 1 - our introductory class, to over 400 students each year.   

Schuyler Lecturer Fund

This fund was created to honor Environmental Studies Lecturer Emeritus Barry Schuyler, and through him to honor and support lecturers in Environmental Studies. Lecturers have long been a crucial component of our program. They bring a real-world, hands-on, experiential insight to complement the academic perspectives provided by our faculty.

The Schuyler Lecturer Fund has two primary goals:
1. Support our existing lecturers with resources for professional development and to enhance their classes.
2. Allow us to periodically invite individuals to teach classes (either special short courses or full quarter-length courses) that would provide unique opportunities for our students

Environmental Studies Education Development Fund

This is to directly support student activities and development. These resources will provide for internships, scholarships, and fund student research projects and program awards such as the McGinnes Environmental Law and Advocacy Scholarship and the Distinguished Senior Thesis Award. It also helps sponsor student-organized environmentally-related workshops and conferences.

Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture Fund

This fund supports an Annual Lecture and Community Gathering on Water Sustainability. These annual lectures focus on innovative approaches to the complex issues of water quality and watershed protection with an emphasis on the things that were most important to Darcy: protection of wild places and wildlife, public health and minimizing the human footprint on earth. Lectures are open to students, faculty and employees of UCSB as well as the general public. These annual lectures also serve as an opportunity for Darcy's friends, family and colleagues to gather to honor and remember Darcy.

Environmental Studies Program Unrestricted

Unexpected needs arise all the time when offering one of the largest undergraduate programs at UC Santa Barbara. From opportunities to host a special guest speaker, a last minute off-campus class excursion, to sponsoring a campus symposium on a 'hot' environmental topic, donations to Environmental Studies unrestricted fund provides the program chair a vital resource to respond to and fund amazing and spontaneous educational opportunities for our students and faculty.  Giving to this fund allows Environmental Studies to direct funds where they are most needed.

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs allow us to recruit the best faculty in the world, people who are world-class scholars and skilled, dedicated teachers. We target interdisciplinary thinkers who will strengthen the campus as a whole. 

Environmental Leadership Incubator Project

Gifts to the Environmental Studies Program Environmental Leadership Incubator (ELI) support a yearlong leadership experience organized around student-initiated team projects addressing local to national environmental challenges. The ELI harnesses undergraduates’ dedication to environmental change by teaching, training and developing leaders to become change-makers and environmental champions. The ELI is centered on student-driven projects across the domains of social activism, technology development, and policy change that seek to implement positive environmental change. Learn more about the Environmental Leadership Incubator by clicking here.

Paul Wack Alumni Scholarship in Planning

The Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship fund has been established in honor of Paul Wack, retired Senior Continuing Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program. This scholarship may be used to sponsor a planning internship secured independently by the student recipient or as part of the Center for Undergraduate Environmental Leadership (CUEL)/Environmental Leadership Incubator Program (ELI). Gifts to the Paul Wack Environmental Studies Alumni Scholarship in Planning support undergraduate students pursuing a career in Planning. 

We are excited to announce a MATCHING DONATION program is currently underway for this scholarship.  Through the generosity of Paul Wack and ES alumnus Terri Lynn Langsev for every dollar donated up to $15,000 they will match dollar for dollar. If you would like to contribute to this fundraising effort you may donate online or contact UCSB Development Officer Erin Kozaki. 

UCSB Development Officers 

Lynn Hawks
Senior Assistant Dean of Development

Erin Kozaki
Senior Director of Development

Bethany Innocenti
Lead Director of Development

Bryan Kerner
Director of Development

Ways to Give

Our alumni and friends provide essential support for the Program of Environmental Studies. The Program benefits from annual unrestricted support and major gifts designated for special purposes. Your generosity plays a critical role in our ability to fulfill our mission and is truly appreciated. Every gift counts.

We invite you to be a part of the Program’s success in educating the next generation of leaders by making a gift to the Program either on-line, via mail, or by phone.


Unrestricted gifts to the program can be made by credit card through our secure on-line giving form.


By Mail

To make a gift by mail (via check or credit card) please contact one of our development officers and they will be happy to assist you.

By Phone

You may also make a credit card gift by phone by contacting Roxanne Morganstern 805-893-5075.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor corporate matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions that their employees or spouses make. Matching gift programs can double or possibly triple your donation. Please obtain your company’s matching gift form and return it with your contribution.

Wire transfers or gifts of securities (stock)

For information about making a contribution via wire transfer or gifts of securities, please contact Bethany Innocenti at 805-893-4963.

Planned Giving/Estate Gifts

For information about making a gift through planned giving vehicles such as charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, gift annuities, bequests, or other vehicles please visit UC Santa Barbara’s Planned Giving website or contact Chris Pizzinat (805-893-5126 or  

We offer a sincere thank you for your assistance toward ensuring that our Program continues to be among the strongest in the nation.