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New Course Spring 2017: The Environmental Nexus ENV 200

ENV 200 LogoStephen Pacala, the Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), developed a new undergraduate Environmental Studies course, ENV 200 A-F “The Environmental Nexus”, to examine a collection of global environmental crises.  The course will be taught for the first time in the spring of 2017.

“When today’s undergraduates reach the peaks in their careers,” said Pacala, “four global environmental problems involving our climate, food, biodiversity, and water will also approach their peaks. The world will need to deal with the environmental nexus of climate change, biodiversity loss, and challenges to our supplies of food and fresh water.” This new course will address multiple dimensions of the issues, including scientific, political, social and ethical aspects and will be accessible to all majors and classes.

In addition to the lectures, each student will enroll in one of six (6) different sections designed to fulfill a range of distribution requirements including: science and technology with laboratory (STL); science and technology without laboratory (STN); quantitative reasoning (QR); ethical thought and moral values (EM); literature and the arts (LA); and social analysis (SA).

The course lectures will be given by Pacala along with Melissa Lane, the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values, Robert Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment and professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute Marc Fleurbaey, the Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies and professor of public affairs and the University Center for Human Values. Several additional faculty and researchers as well as outside experts will also participate in the course.

By engaging high numbers of students from multiple disciplinary backgrounds, the faculty aspire to create the largest possible conversation within the University community about climate change and other pressing environmental challenges.

Spring 2017 ENV courses are now posted on the registrar's website.

The Environmental Nexus Video

Learn more by visiting Princeton University’s Facebook to see recorded live chat with Steve Pacala and Robert Nixon, Monday, November 14 at 12:30 pm.
Stephen Pacala

Melissa Lane


Robert Nixon


Marc Fleurbaey