News & Announcements


Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award

Sanders Award Winner


The Department of Environmental Studies and Planning is pleased to announce the 2013-14 recipient of the Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award is Brandon Sanders, who is also our Head Intern in the Classroom Garden. His research project will explore the agricultural history of Sonoma County, with particular emphasis on changing crops and practices in the Dry Creek region. He will be working with Lou Preston, owner of biodynamic Preston Vineyards, to connect with local land owners as well as historical documents, to see what can be learned from past agricultural practices and crop transitions that could be applied to today's efforts to farm more sustainably. Brandon's research will also provide a historic backdrop for a day-long field trip to Preston Vineyards in March 2014, as part of the annual American Society for Environmental History conference, taking place in San Francisco.

The application dates for the 2014-2015 will be announced later this year.


Steve Orlick Retires

Steve Orlick Prof. Steve Orlick retired from the ENSP Department at SSU after 31 years of teaching. Steve was instrumental in establishing the Planning Concentration in Enviromental Studies and Planning and initiating the Institute for Planning Assistance (ICPA). Over the years, planning students have taken many of his classes including Senior Workshop which annually produces plans and planning documents for local communities. Our faculty, staff and students will miss Steve but know he will be stopping by or visiting as a guest lecturer. Steve will enjoy his retirement, relaxing, golfing and traveling the world while taking a few (thousand) pictures.


Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award

The Department of Environmental Studies and Planning announces the Application for the 2013-2014 Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award. All applications and supporting materials are due in the ENSP office (located at Rachel Carson 18) by Noon on Thursday, April 25th.

This award is for outstanding undergraduates engaged in projects addressing environmental issues. This award is made possible due to the generous support of Dr. Amy Glasmeier, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and former ENSP student. One $500 award will be offered this academic year (2013-14). All ENSP majors are eligible to apply for this award. The funds must be used for project-related expenses.We encourage all students interested in applying for this award to first meet with a faculty advisor to discuss project ideas well before the proposal deadline. All applicants must have a faculty sponsor to be eligible for the award.

Nancy Foster Glasmeier Research and Writing Award Application.

Please see the application guidelines for more information or contact a faculty member within ENSP.

Announcing new ENSP faculty member!

We extend a hearty welcome to ENSP’s new full-time faculty member, Dr. Daniel Soto, who will be joining us this coming fall to lead the Energy Management and Design program.

Assistant Professor Daniel Soto comes to SSU from Columbia University, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Earth Institute working on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda. Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. He also has an M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to his return to academia, Daniel worked as an engineer at two startup companies creating optical micro-mechanical devices for laser displays and optical communications.

Daniel's teaching interests are in energy efficiency and energy generation. He enjoys teaching both large-scale issues involving energy and analysis of small-scale energy systems. The potential for energy efficient technologies and approaches to improve human wellbeing motivates his research. In the developing world, he investigates new approaches to lower economic barriers to energy access and how energy efficient appliances can lower the cost of energy access. Daniel is also interested in the use of computation and communication technologies to impact energy problems and disseminate information.