Rocky Rohwedder

Professor, Environmental Studies and Planning
Ph.D. Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
M.S. Resource Policy and Management, University of Michigan, 1979
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 1976
Office: Rachel Carson 26
Voicemail: 707.664.2249
Fax: 707.664.4202
Office Hours:

Academic and Professional Interests:

His primary teaching and research areas are environmental science, sustainable development, green technologies, and digital communications. He's currently writing a book on what he has labeled "ecological handprints," methods and models for meeting basic human needs while lowering our ecological footprint. In support of this book effort, in the last few years he has taught and conducted field research in over 20 countries all over the world as a faculty member on three voyages of the Semester at Sea. Aboard ship he taught courses for the University of Virginia's schools of architecture, education, planning, and engineering. (see related blog entries) Over the years he has been a keynote speaker at numerous professional conferences and served as an educational consultant for many worthwhile organizations, including the World Resources Institute, World Television News (now part of Associated Press), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Energy Foundation, and the California Department of Education. He was the lead consultant and trainer for the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Union (Baltic nations), a facilitator in the Middle East Peace Process (Amman, Jordan), and a Visiting Scholar at the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand). Dr. Rohwedder was a co-founder of EcoNet, the first faculty Director of the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, and co-founder of the Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University. He is currently a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication.

Course Offerings:

  • Computer-Aided Communications (ENSP 305)
  • Energy, Technology and Society (ENSP 330)
  • Portfolio Development and Review (ENSP 345)
  • Education and the Environment (ENSP 440)
  • Methods and Models in Environmental Education (ENSP 442)
  • Outdoor Leadership (ENSP 444)
  • Planning for Sustainable Communities (ENSP 418)
  • Freshman Interest Group: Leadership (UNIV 102)

Selected Publications:

"Pedagogy of Place: The Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University" in Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise and Practice, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004.

"Environmental Education Goes High Tech," Human Nature, Agency for International Development, July 2000. 2 pgs.

"Ecocultural Tourism" in What Works: A Guide to Environmental Education and Communication Projects for Practitioners and Donors, Edited by Martha Monroe, New Society Publishers, 1999.

"Pedagogy of Place: What Our Campuses Teach," Symposium on Academic Planning in College and University Environmental Programs, North American Association for Environmental Education, 1998. 12 pgs.

"Using Computer in Environmental Education: Interactive Multimedia and On-line Learning," EE Toolbox Unit, National Consortium for Environmental Education, October 1994, 85 pgs.