In The Media

March, 2011

Writing this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, Thomas Dietz, of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, and Michael Vandenbergh, of Vanderbilt University, say such a scheme could influence consumers to choose low-carbon products.

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March, 2011

When ESPP started revising the doctoral specialization last year, faculty members and students asked for a course that would teach core skills for interdisciplinary environmental policy work. In response, ESPP has created ESP 891 (soon to be ESP 800): Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy.

Team taught by Laura Schmitt Olabisi (Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, ESPP) and Louie Rivers (Criminal Justice, ESPP), ESP 891 is designed for students to learn basic interdisciplinary research concepts as well as related research methods and analytical techniques

“Recently, we had a philosopher come in and discuss animal welfare,” said student Abigail Lynch (Center for Systems Integration and Sustainablity, Fisheries and Wildlife and ESPP). As someone who primarily studies resource management of wild animals, Lynch said that the class’s discussion on farm animal welfare gave her a different perspective on her own work.

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