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Special Initiatives

With support from multiple sources, the Environmental Studies Program has been on the leading edge of environmental program innovation for the last decade. From 2007 through 2015 we received large awards from The Andrew Mellon Foundation; since then we have sustained these innovations via related special initiatives, all to the benefit of our ENVS students and faculty. A few significant initiatives are summarized below in chronological order.

  • Advancing Environmental Studies via Interdisciplinary Student Research (2007–2010, $300,000). This major award supported development of local, regional, and international site-based research resources and their integration into core ENVS courses, faculty training to support interdisciplinary student research, and a multi-institutional research collaboration among students in environmental programs nationwide.
  • Sustaining Interdisciplinary Innovation in Environmental Studies (2011–2015, $600,000). This followup award, known by ENVS students as SGE (Situating the Global Environment) due to our initiative website of the same name (, cultivated greater opportunities among students and faculty for local and international situated research, all evidenced on the SGE website. The award also supported the hire of our third ENVS faculty member, Jessica Kleiss, and provided supplemental support for Imagining the Global (below).
  • Imagining the Global (2014–15, $5000). This small seed funding from the Northwest Five Consortium (NW5C) supported a pilot initiative addressing students’ connection to the world. The award bridged the ENVS Program’s innovative interdisciplinary research and digital scholarship to the larger community at Lewis & Clark College and other liberal arts institutions in the region. Imagining the Global utilized an online platform,, that supported and linked NW5C scholarship across the arts and sciences in the context of local, regional, and international field sites.
  • Environmental Action LLC (2015—2016, $10,000). With funding from a President’s Strategic Initiative, ENVS and the Division of Student Life connected Lewis & Clark students residing in the Environmental Action Living Learning Community with upper-division ENVS majors for discussions, mentoring, and public blogging. The resultant site,, showcases authentic communications evidencing how our students forge environmental identities in the context of their curricular/co-curricular environmental experiences.
  • Digital Scholarship (2014–, ongoing funding). Our recent Mellon SGE award and the IG initiative have supported further development of digital scholarship opportunities and resources for ENVS students. Launched academic year 2014–15, the digital scholarship multisite ( helps students build skills in digital field research, mapping, reference management, web authoring, publication, and other elements of contemporary scholarship. Each ENVS major or minor has their own site on which to evidence in-progress and final outcomes related to their courses and projects.

Stay tuned for additional special initiatives benefiting ENVS students and faculty as they unfold over time.

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