Note from PEI’s Director

Stephen Pacala ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

<img alt=” height=” 350″=”” data-cke-saved-src=”” src=”” align=”right” hspace=”15″ vspace=”10″ width=”250″>Welcome to the winter 2011 issue of PEI News. Inside we share exciting stories that reflect the innovative and transformative work being done by our enterprising group of faculty, staff, students and alumni.

We kick off this issue with an article about PEI Associated Faculty Craig Arnold’s Freshman Seminar, Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future. An outgrowth of the Grand Challenges program, this fall course provided freshmen with an in-depth understanding of issues and opportunities surrounding energy generation and usage.

Next, we feature PEI environmental historian Emmanuel Kreike. He discusses his new book Deforestation and Reforestation in Namibia: The Global Consequences of Local Contradictions, which is an account and a critique of the way scientists and historians have been describing and modeling environmental change.

George Hawkins ’83, an environmental attorney who teaches one of the ENV Program’s most popular spring courses, Environmental Law and Moot Court describes the cutting-edge environmental work he is spearheading as General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

We interview Stephanie Tathum ’04, a dynamic Environmental Studies (ENV) Program alumna who, as an environmental lawyer in Colorado, continues to be greatly inspired by the ENV courses she took.

We round out our selection of stories with an update from PEI’s research centers and Grand Challenges cooperatives. We also provide highlights from PEI’s largest class day celebration to date and our recently published Grand Challenges Progress Report.

PEI is looking forward to a very full and ambitious 2011. We are introducing several new environmental courses through the Environmental Studies Program (ENV); awarding new Grand Challenges seed grants with great potential to generate important research discoveries; and offering another round of unique internship opportunities to undergraduates that will once again take over 100 Princeton students around the globe this summer.