Professor Randall Wilson recently took his Environmental Policy class on a field trip to Washington D.C, where throughout the day students were able to explore the environmental policy making process through a multitude of perspectives.
“I try to meet with a member of congress, an official from a federal agency, and a policy official from an environmental NGO so students can see different perspectives on the process” says Wilson.
This year students were able to meet with Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr., who has been vocal on issues of environmental policy in the past. They also met with Ray Sauvajot, the current Associate Director of the National Park Service and Joshua Saks, Legislative Director of the National Wildlife Federation. Students were later able to watch speeches on the congressional floor from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Chris Coons and Bob Casey, who spoke about continuing the children’s health insurance program.
To round out the experience students met with various alums from the Environmental Science department who now have careers in the industry. This included Sara Cawley ’11 who is currently serving as the National Wildlife Federation’s federal lands fellow, as well as two alums working for the NOAA and Valerie Leone, who currently works for Booz, Allen and Hamilton.
“It was a very valuable experience to see what we have been learning in class put into action right before us, especially as a senior. I found it incredibly revealing to see the daily life of people in these positions, and it gave me insight into my own future“ says senior Environmental Studies major Kim Corcoran.
Prof. Wilson plans this trip every year with his Environmental Policy class, but this was the first time students were able to meet with Senator Casey- a tradition he hopes to continue in the future.