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Environment & Sustainability Program University of South Carolina

712 Sumter Street, EWS 603
Columbia, SC 29208, USA

Phone: 803.777.3921
Fax : 803.777.3922



The Environment and Sustainability Program is the interdisciplinary home for academic programs, research and scholarship, and community outreach activities that link environmental and sustainability initiatives at the University of South Carolina.  We foster creative interactions among multiple campus units, provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and are dedicated to providing the broader community with educated scholars and scientists, as well as research- and policy-based solutions for the planet’s environmental and societal needs.


On Tuesday, WIS news reported on our  ENVR 501 class which educates and encourages students on community building -- Click here for the story!


Earth Day Environmental Stewardship Awards

For more information, see here.
  • Faculty - Dr. Rajeev Bais
  • Staff - Ms. Allie Mason
  • Student - Ms. Kira Koppel
  • Student Organization - SEAS

2016 Undergraduate Awards

  • E&SP Outstanding UG Award in Environmental Sciences - Chandler Green
  • Bruce C. Coull Outstanding UG Award in Environmental Studies - Kira Koppel
  • 2016 Ernest F. Hollings UG Scholars - Leon Tran (Environmental Science)

2016 MEERM Awards

  • Ronald Martin (L), Internship Option
  • Austin Clarridge (R), Thesis Option

Discovery Day Winners

First place Finding My Path at the Intersection of Art and Science
Chandler Green, Environmental Science & Media Arts – Senior
First place Establishing marsh stratigraphic boundaries in Basra Governorate, southern Iraq using stable isotope analyses of 18O and 13O in malacofauna fossils
Kaitlyn Bretz, , Environmental Science & Anthropology – Senior        
Dr. Jennifer Pournelle, Environment & Sustainability
Second place Implementing a functional aquaponics system and reflection pond at Palmetto Place
Taylor Shearer, Marine Science & Environmental Studies - Senior
Laura Woodlee, Environmental Science & Biological Sciences - Senior
Dr. Joe Jones, Environmental Health Sciences
Honorable Mention Toxicological Assessment of Spilled oil and Applied Chemical Dispersants in Coastal Estuaries
Bradford Law, Environmental Science - Senior
Dr. Geoff Scott, Environmental Health Sciences
Honorable Mention Effects of radioactive contamination in Chernobyl. Ukraine and Fukushima, Japan on the developments instability of butterfly species. 
Kaitlyn Bretz , Environmental Science & Anthropology – Senior
Honorable Mention The Canadian High Plains (as seen through the eyes of a zircon)
Carsyn Ames, Geological Sciences & Environmental Studies - Senior
First place Garden Club: The New Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Sustainability Education
Caroline Smith, Environmental Science & Education, General - Senior
Akilah Alwan, Environmental Studies & Marine Science - Freshman
Zoe Dale, International Studies & Environmental Studies - Junior 

Graduation with Leadership Distinction

Environmental Science

  • Kaitlyn Bretz
  • Veronica Farell
  • Chandler Green
  • Rachel Odzer
  • E. Carlisle Sheridan
  • Carolina Smith
  • Lora Streans

Environmental Studies

  • Kira Koppel

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