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Environmental Studies Program Records


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A multidisciplinary program active from 1970-1977 that encouraged the study and research of environmental issues.


State University of New York at Albany. Environmental Studies Program
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The Environmental Studies Program of the State University of New York at Albany (as the University at Albany, SUNY was then known) was established in 1970 under President Louis T. Benezet. Its inception came at a time of increasing interest in environmental issues through programs such as the Environmental Forum, a community open forum that brought together academic and local activists and was organized by Louis Ismay since 1969 at the university. The Environmental Decisions Commission was also created under President Benezet in 1971. It was responsible for considering and advising on environmental issues on campus. At the same time, publication began of an environmental student newsletter, Environmental Issues.

The Environmental Studies Program was organized by a Program Planning Committee coordinated by Eugene McLaren, a professor of chemistry and a researcher in the Atmospheric Science Research Center (ASRC). An Advisory Committee headed by Vincent Schaefer, Director of the ASRC, aided the planning committee. The Environmental Studies Program was designed to be multi-disciplinary and pull together faculty like Louis (Lou) Ismay, Rosemary Nichols, and Robert Rienow. The resulting program began in 1972 by designating existing courses as environmentally related and offering several new classes in existing departments. The official environmental major or second field was established in 1973.

In 1975, after having been officially in operation for two years, the program had a total of 60 students in the major or as dual-majors. A Presidents Select Committee found the program too fragmented and diffuse and recommended that it be terminated. A Task Force considered the issue in 1976 and concurred, noting that budget constraints at the time prevented the program from being properly expanded and developed. Despite appeals to new President Emmett Fields from student and faculty groups, the program was dissolved in 1977.

The students, faculty, and administrative committees of the Environmental Studies Program generated the materials in this collection during its five years of existence. Numerous members of the program, most notably Lou Ismay, Eugene McLaren, and Rosemary Nichols, collected these materials. The records consist of memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and class materials. There is little material from the years that the program was in full operation. Instead, most of the documents concentrate on the programs creation (1970-1971). The materials that do represent the years of operation generally consist of class materials or course descriptions rather than administrative materials.

Also included are materials generated by offshoots and side projects of the program, like the Capital District Solid Waste Environmental Education Program (CD SWEEP) and the student newsletter, Environmental Issues. The largest of these projects is the Albany Peoples Pipewatch

Related Collections iare the papers of Jackson Davis, Louis Ismay, Vincent Schaefer, Eugene McLaren, and Robert Rienow, all of whom were involved in the program and the records of the Environmental Decisions Commission, Office of the President, and the University Senate.

The collection is organized into three series arranged chronologically.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Environmental Studies Program Records, 1969-1976. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Environmental Studies Program Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.66 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series consists of materials directly related to the creation, operation, and termination of the Environmental Studies Program. Best represented are the early years during the creation phase, when several committees were planning the program. These include the President's Advisory Committee and the Program Planning Committee that operated in 1970-1971. These were later replaced by the Steering Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee. Most of the materials in this series are memoranda that represent communications between committee members as well as between committee members and university administration. There are also meeting minutes, reports, correspondence and class materials. For an overview of the programs creation, see Box 2, Folder 8, Report on Environmental Studies Program, which is composed of materials organized by Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay.


1 1Ad Hoc Committee on Pine Bush Alternative Plan1973-1976, undated


1 2American Society for Public Administration, "The Environmental Crisis" Conference, Conference Materials1971


1 3Annual Report1975


1 4Articles, News Clippings1969-1973, 1975, undated


1 5Capital District Solid Waste Environmental Education Program (CD SWEEP)1973-1974


1 6Class Materials1974-1975, undated


1 7Committee to Report on Attitudes and Values on Environment of Students (C.R.A.V.E.S.), Survey1971


1 8Correspondence1970-1971, 1975-1976, undated


1 9Course Listings and Descriptions1970-1972, 1975, undated


1 10Environmental Decisions Commission1970, 1974


1 11Environmental Issues, Newsletter1971


1 12Environmental Program Steering Committee, Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Memoranda, Reports1971


1 13Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Reports1971


1 14Environmental Studies Program, Draft Proposal1971


1 15Fliers, Leaflets1970, 1976, undated


1 16Grant Proposals1975


1 17Grant Sources1971-1972


1 18Interim Director Search Committee, Memoranda1972


2 1"Man and Environment," Program Proposal1970


2 2Memoranda1970


2 3Memoranda1971


2 4Memoranda1972-1973


2 5Memoranda1975-1976


2 6New York State Food Conference, Correspondence1975


2 7"Report of the Subcommittee on Biology in Public Affairs"1970


2 8Report on Environmental Studies Program, Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay1971


2 9Reports, 19701976


2 10Response to Recommendation to Terminate Program, Memorandum1976


2 11Smog, Litter, Overpopulation, Pollution (SLOP) Program, Leaflets1970


2 12Social Ecology Program Proposalundated


2 13Student Committee for Environmental Studies, Recommendations1972


2 14"The SUNY-A Environmental Studies Proposal Including Project Research in the Five Rivers Area," Environmental Studies Advisory Committee1971


2 15"The Universities and Environmental Quality: Commitment to Problem Focused Education," US Office of Science and Technology1969
Quantity: 0.33 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Most of the materials in this series are memoranda that represent communications between committee members as well as between committee members and university administration. There are also meeting minutes, reports, correspondence and class materials. For an overview of the programs creation, see Box 2, Folder 8, Report on Environmental Studies Program, which is composed of materials organized by Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay.


1 1Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, "Small Utility Internal Combustion Engine Test"1972


1 2Student, "Electric Power Generation and Environmental Prospect"1970


1 3Student, "The Environment of a College: A Study of the Campus and Construction of the State University of New York at Albany"1975


1 4Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part I, Notes1972


1 5Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part II1972


1 6Student, "SUNY-A Recycle: An Institutionalized Non-volunteer Paper Recycling Program"1974


1 7Student, Internship Journal1976


1 8McLaren, Eugene, "Toward a New Town in Greene County"undated


1 9Moore, John, "Man and his Environment: A Syllabus"1971


1 10Nichols, Rosemary, "Environmental Law: Cases and Commentary"1975


1 11Nichols, Rosemary, "The Present Condition of Aesthetic Zoning: Has Beauty Found Shelter?"undated


1 12Northeastern Regional Organization, National Speleological Society, "Report on New York State Cave Survey Information"1974


1 13Student, "An Undergraduate Research Study of Chemical Pollution in the Campus Pond"1972


1 14Werking, James, Motorcycle Safety: Introductory Curriculum"1975
Quantity: 0.33 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
An offshoot of John Cronin's People Pipewatch, Albany Peoples Pipewatch was housed in the Department of Fine Arts of the State University of New York at Albany. Its volunteers monitored discharge pipes leading to the Hudson River and compared the resulting effluents to the allowable limits in the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. This series contains mostly NPDES Notices and drafts of the permits and are indexed by the company owning the discharge pipe.


1 1Airco Industrial Gases, Profile1976


1 2Albany County Jail, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 3Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 4Allied Chemical Corporation, NPDES Notice1976


1 5American Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1973-1974


1 6Atlantic Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 7Bendix Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 8Callanan Industries, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 9City of Mechanicville, NPDES Notice, Notes, Profile1974


1 10City of Watervliet, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 11Completed Sample Forms1975


1 12Correspondence, Citizens Protecting the Environment, List of Complaints Received1975


1 13Correspondence, EPA1974-1975


1 14Ford Motor Company, NPDES Notice, Profile1975-1976


1 15General Electric, Fort Edward, NPDES Notice, Profile1975-1976


1 16Hercules Incorporated1974


1 17HP Hood and Sons Inc., NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 18Hudson Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 19International Playtex Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 20Metropolitan Petroleum Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1973


1 21Mobil Oil Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1973-1974


1 22Niagra Mohawk Power Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 23Normanskill, Sample Form1975


1 24New York State Department of Health, Griffin Lab, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 25New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 26New York State Thruway Authority, NPDES Notice, Notes, Sample Form1974-1975


1 27Pepsi Cola, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 28Shell Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1973-1974


1 29Sun Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notesundated


1 30Texaco Incorporated, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 31Tobin Packing Company, 1970-1971undated


1 32Town of Bethlehem, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 33Town of Colonie, NPDES Notice, Notes1974-1975


1 34Town of East Greenbush, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 35Town of Guilderland, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


1 36Town of Ulster, Profile1976


1 37US Steel Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 38Village of Altamont, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 39Village of Green Island, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


1 40Village of South Glens Falls, NPDES Notice, Notes1975
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