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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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1.33 cubic ft. (about 1.33 boxes)

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.

Processed by: Joshua Hauck-Whealton in 2016.

Collection record created by: Gregory Wiedeman

Published: 2016 April

EAD file created, 2014

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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. (about 0.66 boxes)
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.


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


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


13 Annual Report1975


14 Articles, News Clippings1969-1973, 1975, undated


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


16 Class Materials 1974-1975, undated


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


18 Correspondence1970-1971, 1975-1976, undated


19 Course Listings and Descriptions1970-1972, 1975, undated


110 Environmental Decisions Commission1970, 1974


111 Environmental Issues, Newsletter1971


112 Environmental Program Steering Committee, Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Memoranda, Reports1971


113 Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Reports1971


114 Environmental Studies Program, Draft Proposal1971


115 Fliers, Leaflets1970, 1976, undated


116 Grant Proposals1975


117 Grant Sources 1971-1972


118 Interim Director Search Committee, Memoranda1972


21 "Man and Environment," Program Proposal1970


22 Memoranda1970


23 Memoranda1971


24 Memoranda 1972-1973


25 Memoranda 1975-1976


26 New York State Food Conference, Correspondence1975


27 "Report of the Subcommittee on Biology in Public Affairs"1970


28 Report on Environmental Studies Program, Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay1971


29 Reports, 19701976


210 Response to Recommendation to Terminate Program, Memorandum1976


211 Smog, Litter, Overpopulation, Pollution (SLOP) Program, Leaflets1970


212 Social Ecology Program Proposal undated


213 Student Committee for Environmental Studies, Recommendations1972


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


215 "The Universities and Environmental Quality: Commitment to Problem Focused Education," US Office of Science and Technology1969
Quantity: 0.33 cubic ft. (about 0.33 boxes)
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.


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


12 Student, "Electric Power Generation and Environmental Prospect"1970


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


14 Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part I, Notes1972


15 Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part II1972


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


17 Student, Internship Journal1976


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


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


110 Nichols, Rosemary, "Environmental Law: Cases and Commentary"1975


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


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


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


114 Werking, James, Motorcycle Safety: Introductory Curriculum"1975
Quantity: 0.33 cubic ft. (about 0.33 boxes)
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.


11 Airco Industrial Gases, Profile1976


12 Albany County Jail, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


13 Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


14 Allied Chemical Corporation, NPDES Notice1976


15 American Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes19731974


16 Atlantic Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


17 Bendix Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


18 Callanan Industries, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


19 City of Mechanicville, NPDES Notice, Notes, Profile1974


110 City of Watervliet, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


111 Completed Sample Forms1975


112 Correspondence, Citizens Protecting the Environment, List of Complaints Received1975


113 Correspondence, EPA 1974-1975


114 Ford Motor Company, NPDES Notice, Profile 1975-1976


115 General Electric, Fort Edward, NPDES Notice, Profile 1975-1976


116 Hercules Incorporated1974


117 HP Hood and Sons Inc., NPDES Notice, Notes1974


118 Hudson Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


119 International Playtex Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


120 Metropolitan Petroleum Company, NPDES Notice, Notes1973


121 Mobil Oil Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes 1973-1974


122 Niagra Mohawk Power Company, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


123 Normanskill, Sample Form1975


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


125 New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


126 New York State Thruway Authority, NPDES Notice, Notes, Sample Form 1974-1975


127 Pepsi Cola, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


128 Shell Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes 1973-1974


129 Sun Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes undated


130 Texaco Incorporated, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


131 Tobin Packing Company, 1970-1971 undated


132 Town of Bethlehem, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


133 Town of Colonie, NPDES Notice, Notes 1974-1975


134 Town of East Greenbush, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


135 Town of Guilderland, NPDES Notice, Notes1974


136 Town of Ulster, Profile1976


137 US Steel Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


138 Village of Altamont, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


139 Village of Green Island, NPDES Notice, Notes1975


140 Village of South Glens Falls, NPDES Notice, Notes1975
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