Welcome to "George"
Resources for Place, Environmental, and Sustainability Studies

About this Site  

Welcome to "George," the environmental, sustainability, and place studies resources site. Named for George Perkins Marsh, the Vermonter whose book Man and Nature (1864) was the first study of human impacts on a global scale, "George" provides both a basic bibliography and a portal to World Wide Web resources. This page is a research tool and an introduction to the many faces of environmental and sustainability studies.

Resources were chosen based upon their usefulness as: 1) introductions to their fields of study; 2) sources of significant information; or 3) portals to additional sources. We have also tried to offer diverse perspectives on controversial issues to promote a deeper understanding of them.

You can help us to continue building this site. We welcome your comments and recommendations of additional sources that meet these criteria. Please spread the word about this site by linking it to yours. If you find broken links, please tell us about them.Send your comments and suggests to the page editor, Sarah Bobrow-Williams.

This site was established to support Goddard College students in their studies and is available to anyone who wishes to use it. Goddard College is not responsible for the content of external web sites. The opinions you encounter are not necessarily those of the college or of the site's editor. Be sure to critically evaluate all print and web sources.

Directory of Resources  

If you find broken links, please tell us about them.
Send your comments and suggests to Sarah Bobrow-Williams.

General Resources

Field Study, Internships & Job Opportunities
Grant & Fellowship Opportunities
Journals & Magazines

Air Quality
Animal Rights & Animal Welfare
Animals and Society
Animals in Myth, Legend, Symbol, and Story
Art and Environment
Biodiversity & Endangered Species
Bioregionalism & Regionalism
Citizen Science
Cultural Studies
Ecofeminism & Gender
Ecological Identity
Ecology and Ecological Issues

Energy & Energy Alternatives
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmentalism & Anti-environmentalism
Ethics & Philosophy
Evolution & Anti-evolution
Film & Media Studies
Gaia Hypothesis

Gender & Ecofeminism
Geology, Astronomy & Cosmic Perspectives
Global Warming and Climate Change

Health & Medicine
Indexes: Economic & Environmental
Indigenous Peoples & Cultures

Invasive Species
Justice, Race & Class
Law & Law Enforcement
Literature & Ecocriticism
Localist Movements
Mining & Mineral Extraction
Nuclear & Thermonuclear
Oceans & Sea
Plants & People
Popular Culture
Reading the Landscape
Recreation, Tourism & Vacationing
Regionalism & Bioregionalism

Religion & Spirituality
Risk Perception & Assessment
Simple Living
Social Change & Activism
Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction
Urban Environment
War & Peace
Waste, Hazardous
Waste, Solid
Water Resources, Conservation & Quality
Wilderness & Parks

About Goddard College  

Individualized Studies in Environment and Sustainable Communities
Low residency B.A, M.A. and M.F.A. Programs

Goddard College is for independent learners who wish to design their studies to pursue their passions, and who want to address significant issues in their communities and the larger world. Students attend an eight-day residency at the beginning of each semester during which each develops an individualized plan of study. The rest of the time, they work from their home, field site, or place of business in collaboration with faculty advisors.

The individualized, experience-based nature of education at Goddard provides opportunities for students to study the environment and sustainable communities in ways that meet their needs. Degree options are:

B.A. and M.A. in Individualized Studies
B.A. and M.A. in Health Arts and Sciences
B.A. and M.A. in Education
B.F.A. in Creative Writing
M.A. in Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities
M.A. in Psychology and Counseling
M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts
M.F.A. in Writing

The Individualized M.A. Program offers a concentration in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. It encourages work that cuts across and beyond traditional boundaries. It also encourages students to design their studies to meet their personal, career, and intellectual goals. Our emphasis on combining action in the world with academic study enhances the career building potential of this work. A student’s studies can culminate in a traditional or project-based thesis. Click on the following links to learn more.

Goddard College Central Campus

The college is located in central Vermont on what was originally Greatwood Estate, a prestigious sheep and cattle breeding farm. The historical landscape of this part of the farm was designed by the firm of Arthur Shurcliff, who served as landscape architect for Colonial Williamsburg and earlier worked with Frederick Law Olmsted. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Dormitories and a modern library are located elsewhere on the campus. The 117 acres campus features large expanses of upland fields, lowland meadows, mixed forests, and cedar swamps.

What is Environmental Studies?  

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field that addresses issues related to human interactions with our environments. It is motivated by the recognition of environmental problems and the need to find solutions to them. Understanding these issues requires that one draw from many modes of inquiry and bodies of knowledge. The exact definition of environmental studies varies; each college and university program, and each scholar and practitioner defines the field in their own ways. For some it is an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science, for others it involves technical preparation to develop environmental impact assessments, for still others it may focus upon the environmental humanities or social sciences. At its best, environmental studies provides an integration of the natural and social sciences, humanities, and other relevant approaches to understanding our relationships with our environments.

Goddard College’s MA concentration in environmental studies offers a unique opportunity to combine environmental studies and place studies. Time and again conservation and environmental projects have faltered or failed because they ignored local culture and knowledge, historical contingency, distinctive personal needs and aspirations, and unique ecological circumstances. When we "Think Globally and Act Locally" we act in specific places within distinctive social and environmental circumstances. Place, environment, and community are intimately entwined with each other. Place provides a conceptual framework that integrates an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. Our concentration is student-centered and based upon individually designed programs of study. Each student must define place-based environmental studies in ways that advance their own learning goals and environmental practice.

If you find broken links, please tell us about them.
Send your comments and suggests to Sarah Bobrow-Williams.

Edited by Sarah Bobrow-Williams with the assistance of the students and faculty of Goddard College
and members of the wider environmental, place, and sustainability studies community