Giving Opportunities

Environmental Studies has several priorities that could particularly benefit from your support. Your Gift may be unrestricted or targeted to a specific need or area.    

» ES 50th Anniversary Fund

» Environmental Leadership Incubator Project

» William Freudenburg Academic Development Fund

» Barry Schuyler Lecturer Fund

» Environmental Studies Program Education Development Fund

» Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture Fund

» Environmental Studies Program (UNRESTRICTED)

» Environmental Studies Program Endowed Chairs


William Freudenburg Academic Development Endowment

This fund will enhance undergraduate environmental education, including field trips and classroom technology. It is named to honor Bill Freudenburg, who died in December 2010.  Bill was the model of an ES 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 recently published an important book: “Blowout in the Gulf.” He was also an inspiring and popular educator who taught among other classes ES 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 the ES Program. 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 ES internships, scholarships, and awards such as the McGinnes Environmental Law and Advocacy Scholarship and the Outstanding Senior Award, and would contribute toward student-organized environmentally-related workshops and conferences. 

Darcy Aston Memorial Lecture Fund

This fund will support an Annual Lecture and Community Gathering on Water Sustainability. These annual lectures will 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 will be open to students, faculty and employees of UCSB as well as the general public. These annual lectures will also serve as an opportunity for Darcy's friends, family and colleagues to gather to honor and remember Darcy. 

Environmental Studies Program Unrestricted

Nothing can replace going into the field and getting your “hands dirty” for really learning about the environment. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then an experience is worth 1,000 pictures. 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 ES to be able to provide as many field trip opportunities as possible, and to make each as valuable as possible. Thus, we wish to develop a fund to support off-campus excursions.

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. 

ES 50th Anniversary Fund

The Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara would like to invite all students, alumni, faculty and friends to celebrate the 50th year of the program with an all-yearlong celebration. The celebrations will begin fall of 2019 with events throughout the academic year and will culminate to the Environmental Studies' 50th Anniversary Celebration spring of 2020.  If you would like to help to assure this once in a lifetime celebration is a success please contribute to our 50th Anniversary Fund.  We plan events throughout the year and will host an Alumni Reunion and Celebration Bash in the Winter or Spring quarter, 20120!

Environmental Leadership Incubator Project

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

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I can honestly say that I have been able to use everything I learned in the ES Program. The interdisciplinary education prepares you for almost anything that can come your way.

— Deb Callahan
President, Heinz Center
Class of 1981