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).
|1||1||Ad Hoc Committee on Pine Bush Alternative Plan||1973-1976, undated|
|1||2||American Society for Public Administration, "The Environmental Crisis" Conference, Conference Materials||1971|
|1||4||Articles, News Clippings||1969-1973, 1975, undated|
|1||5||Capital District Solid Waste Environmental Education Program (CD SWEEP)||1973-1974|
|1||6||Class Materials||1974-1975, undated|
|1||7||Committee to Report on Attitudes and Values on Environment of Students (C.R.A.V.E.S.), Survey||1971|
|1||8||Correspondence||1970-1971, 1975-1976, undated|
|1||9||Course Listings and Descriptions||1970-1972, 1975, undated|
|1||10||Environmental Decisions Commission||1970, 1974|
|1||11||Environmental Issues, Newsletter||1971|
|1||12||Environmental Program Steering Committee, Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Memoranda, Reports||1971|
|1||13||Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Reports||1971|
|1||14||Environmental Studies Program, Draft Proposal||1971|
|1||15||Fliers, Leaflets||1970, 1976, undated|
|1||18||Interim Director Search Committee, Memoranda||1972|
|2||1||"Man and Environment," Program Proposal||1970|
|2||6||New York State Food Conference, Correspondence||1975|
|2||7||"Report of the Subcommittee on Biology in Public Affairs"||1970|
|2||8||Report on Environmental Studies Program, Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay||1971|
|2||10||Response to Recommendation to Terminate Program, Memorandum||1976|
|2||11||Smog, Litter, Overpopulation, Pollution (SLOP) Program, Leaflets||1970|
|2||12||Social Ecology Program Proposal||undated|
|2||13||Student Committee for Environmental Studies, Recommendations||1972|
|2||14||"The SUNY-A Environmental Studies Proposal Including Project Research in the Five Rivers Area," Environmental Studies Advisory Committee||1971|
|2||15||"The Universities and Environmental Quality: Commitment to Problem Focused Education," US Office of Science and Technology||1969|
|1||1||Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, "Small Utility Internal Combustion Engine Test"||1972|
|1||2||Student, "Electric Power Generation and Environmental Prospect"||1970|
|1||3||Student, "The Environment of a College: A Study of the Campus and Construction of the State University of New York at Albany"||1975|
|1||4||Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part I, Notes||1972|
|1||5||Fonseca, John, "Law and Society" Part II||1972|
|1||6||Student, "SUNY-A Recycle: An Institutionalized Non-volunteer Paper Recycling Program"||1974|
|1||7||Student, Internship Journal||1976|
|1||8||McLaren, Eugene, "Toward a New Town in Greene County"||undated|
|1||9||Moore, John, "Man and his Environment: A Syllabus"||1971|
|1||10||Nichols, Rosemary, "Environmental Law: Cases and Commentary"||1975|
|1||11||Nichols, Rosemary, "The Present Condition of Aesthetic Zoning: Has Beauty Found Shelter?"||undated|
|1||12||Northeastern Regional Organization, National Speleological Society, "Report on New York State Cave Survey Information"||1974|
|1||13||Student, "An Undergraduate Research Study of Chemical Pollution in the Campus Pond"||1972|
|1||14||Werking, James, Motorcycle Safety: Introductory Curriculum"||1975|
|1||1||Airco Industrial Gases, Profile||1976|
|1||2||Albany County Jail, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||3||Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||4||Allied Chemical Corporation, NPDES Notice||1976|
|1||5||American Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1973-1974|
|1||6||Atlantic Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||7||Bendix Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||8||Callanan Industries, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||9||City of Mechanicville, NPDES Notice, Notes, Profile||1974|
|1||10||City of Watervliet, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||11||Completed Sample Forms||1975|
|1||12||Correspondence, Citizens Protecting the Environment, List of Complaints Received||1975|
|1||14||Ford Motor Company, NPDES Notice, Profile||1975-1976|
|1||15||General Electric, Fort Edward, NPDES Notice, Profile||1975-1976|
|1||17||HP Hood and Sons Inc., NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||18||Hudson Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||19||International Playtex Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||20||Metropolitan Petroleum Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1973|
|1||21||Mobil Oil Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes||1973-1974|
|1||22||Niagra Mohawk Power Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||23||Normanskill, Sample Form||1975|
|1||24||New York State Department of Health, Griffin Lab, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||25||New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||26||New York State Thruway Authority, NPDES Notice, Notes, Sample Form||1974-1975|
|1||27||Pepsi Cola, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||28||Shell Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||1973-1974|
|1||29||Sun Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes||undated|
|1||30||Texaco Incorporated, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||31||Tobin Packing Company, 1970-1971||undated|
|1||32||Town of Bethlehem, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||33||Town of Colonie, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974-1975|
|1||34||Town of East Greenbush, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||35||Town of Guilderland, NPDES Notice, Notes||1974|
|1||36||Town of Ulster, Profile||1976|
|1||37||US Steel Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||38||Village of Altamont, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||39||Village of Green Island, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
|1||40||Village of South Glens Falls, NPDES Notice, Notes||1975|
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