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ASB 2016-2017 - Environmental Policy in California

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Environmental Policy in California
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  • Course Description:
    With climate change posed to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st Century, environmental preservation is emerging at a top priority. In addition to the federal government, state and local governments regulate the environment. In this course, we will learn about what environmental policy looks like in at the state level in California. Since the Golden State has an ambitious environmental preservation plan, there will be a lot of content. To make this class more manageable, we will be focusing on two areas specifically: water and energy. Finally, we will spend that last few weeks of the course learning about environmental justice, and specifically, how climate change impacts Indigenous communities in California and how the state is mitigating the impact. All major backgrounds are welcome.
  • Trip Description:
    Our Spring Break trip will be a road trip across Northern California. We will start at Stanford and head down the coast and cut through Bakersfield to get to the Sierra Nevada Mountains where we will spend a night in Yosemite. Our trip will conclude with a day of meeting with policymakers in Sacramento. On this trip, we will be visiting various power plants, participate in a beach clean-up, and learn about conservation in a national park.
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Trip Leaders
Originally from Orange County, California, Matthew is a junior majoring in Political Science and Earth Systems. Outside of class, he is an ASSU Senator, Vice President of Stanford College Democrats, and Stanford Student Enterprises Board Member. Matthew is passionate about energy policy and plans to spend most of his life in the private sector advocating for environmentally friendly energy. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading the news, and playing golf. Contact information:
Elizabeth is a junior double majoring in International Relations and Science, Technology, and Society. Elizabeth came to Stanford with plans to go to medical school, but she was was still largely undecided on what to do with her life in general. After suffering through two quarters of chemistry, she decided to explore the other opportunities at Stanford. After taking a course entitled “Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response,” Elizabeth was set on becoming the next Anderson Cooper. On campus, Elizabeth is also an IR peer advisor, an opinions desk editor for The Stanford Daily, the community manager for Stanford Dance Marathon, the chief information officer of Stanford Bitcoin Club, and an active member of Stanford Jump Rope. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys catching up on sleep. Contact information: