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Mellon Initiative

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Studies Program is pleased to announce a three-year, $600,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation commencing June 1, 2011 to support its innovated curricular approach featuring interdisciplinary situated research in a variety of settings spanning the Portland area to international sites. The initiative follows up on successful completion of a prior Mellon award for $300,000 to lay the groundwork via faculty and student development, and a national scale Mellon scholars program.

The primary beneficiaries of this Mellon-funded initiative are our students at Lewis & Clark—the next generation of environmental leaders in academic and policy settings. Here is a story on the initiative, and one featuring student perspectives. Opportunities for students include:

Our Situating the Global Environment initiative is more fully explained, and Mellon-funded projects documented, on a new interactive research website we have created; go to for full details. 



Recent Research Posts from

  • April 14, 2014 at 9:25am

    Up until this point I’ve hinted at what the social network maps I will make will look like and what information they will contain, but today I will take some time to explain the maps, and the process of making them more thoroughly. This week I completed


  • April 7, 2014 at 2:40pm

    The Superfund cleanup process is incredibly complex, as it must be considering that many sites were exposed to decades of unmitigated toxic pollution. When a site is discovered to be toxic, it undergoes a preliminary assessment so the site can be inspected to determine what sort of response


  • April 7, 2014 at 2:40pm

    This weekend my group and I worked to build a bibliography for our new research into Superfund Stigma. 

    We discovered the concept of Superfund Stigma through an article we read about economic development in the Portland Harbor. The article from Oregon Business, I believe included

  • April 6, 2014 at 2:51pm

    After many struggles finding data and working with GIS, we have finally calculated the volume of the Grizwald Bioswale and the area of the surrounding watershed. This information will be extremely helpful in helping us generate our final calculations and figuring out if the swale is effective. 

    Map of the Lower Grizwald bioswale. The green represents the swale, blue is permeable parts of the micro-watershed, and purple is impermeable sections on the micro-watershed.


  • April 6, 2014 at 1:58pm

    To add to our data on the Oregon Food Bank, I decided to attend a special event in Portland this week. The event is called Canstruction, and consists of collecting can donations in order to build large sculptures in Pioneer Square. The sculptures then compete for various titles,