M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES

Finding Aid for the
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
RECORDS, 1969-1976
(UA-696.001)

For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff or (518)-437-3935

Finding Aid Compiled by
Joshua Hauck-Whealton
April 2006

The arrangement and description of this collection was made possible through a New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program Arrangement and Description Grant.



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
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VOLUME: 1.33 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

ACCESS: Access to student material in Series 2 is restricted. Series 1 and Series 3 are unrestricted. Consult a staff member for details.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Adminstrative History

Scope and Content Note

Series Description

Box and Folder List:


Environmental Studies Program
Administrative History

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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 President’s 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.


Environmental Studies Program
Scope and Content Note

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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 program’s 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 People’s Pipewatch.

Related Collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives can be found in the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment and the University Archives. Of particular interest are the papers of Jackson Davis (APAP-141), Louis Ismay (UA-902.064), Vincent Schaefer (UA-902.010), Eugene McLaren (UA-902.031), and Robert Rienow (UA-902.009), all of whom were involved in the program at some point.and the records of the Environmental Decisions Commission (UA-XXX.008), Office of the President (UA-000), and the University Senate (UA-200).


Environmental Studies Program
Series Description

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1969-1976, undated, .66 cubic ft., 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 program’s creation, see Box 2, Folder 8, “Report on Environmental Studies Program,” which is composed of materials organized by Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay.

Series 2: Writings, 1970-1976 , .33 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

This series contains writings created by faculty and students in the Environmental Studies Program on a variety of topics. Reports on the subject of the program itself are retained in the Administrative Files series. This series is restricted due to the inclusion of student material. Consult a member of the Department of Special Collections and Archives’ staff for further details.

Series 3: Albany People’s Pipewatch, 1970-1971, 1973-1976, undated, .33 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

An offshoot of John Cronin's People Pipewatch, Albany People’s 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.


Environmental Studies Program
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administrative Files, 1969-1976, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Ad Hoc Committee on Pine Bush Alternative Plan, 1973-1976, undated
2. American Society for Public Administration, "The Environmental Crisis" Conference, Conference Materials, 1971
3. Annual Report, 1975
4. Articles, News Clippings, 1969-1973, 1975, undated
5. Capital District Solid Waste Environmental Education Program (CD SWEEP,) 1973-1974
6. Class Materials, 1974-1975, undated
7. Committee to Report on Attitudes and Values on Environment of Students (C.R.A.V.E.S.), Survey, 1971
8. Correspondence, 1970-1971, 1975-1976, undated
9. Course Listings and Descriptions, 1970-1972, 1975, undated
10. Environmental Decisions Commission, 1970, 1974
11. Environmental Issues, Newsletter, 1971
12. Environmental Program Steering Committee, Meeting Agendas, Minutes, Memoranda, Reports, 1971
13. Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, Reports, 1971
14. Environmental Studies Program, Draft Proposal, 1971
15. Fliers, Leaflets, 1970, 1976, undated
16. Grant Proposals, 1975
17. Grant Sources, 1971-1972
18. Interim Director Search Committee, Memoranda, 1972

Box 2
Folder

1. “Man and Environment,” Program Proposal, 1970
2. Memoranda, 1970
3. Memoranda, 1971
4. Memoranda, 1972-1973
5. Memoranda, 1975-1976
6. New York State Food Conference, Correspondence, 1975
7. “Report of the Subcommittee on Biology in Public Affairs,” 1970
8. Report on Environmental Studies Program, Paul Bulger and Lou Ismay, 1971
9. Reports, 1970, 1976
10. Response to Recommendation to Terminate Program, Memorandum, 1976
11. Smog, Litter, Overpopulation, Pollution (SLOP) Program, Leaflets, 1970
12. Social Ecology Program Proposal, undated
13. Student Committee for Environmental Studies, Recommendations, 1972
14. “The SUNY-A Environmental Studies Proposal Including Project Research in the Five Rivers Area,” Environmental Studies Advisory Committee, 1971
15. “The Universities and Environmental Quality: Commitment to Problem Focused Education,” US Office of Science and Technology, 1969


Environmental Studies Program
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Writings, 1970-1976, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, “Small Utility Internal Combustion Engine Test,” 1972
2. Student, “Electric Power Generation and Environmental Prospect,” 1970
3. Student, “The Environment of a College: A Study of the Campus and Construction of the State University of New York at Albany,” 1975
4. Fonseca, John, “Law and Society” Part I, Notes, 1972
5. Fonseca, John, “Law and Society” Part II, 1972
6. Student, “SUNY-A Recycle: An Institutionalized Non-volunteer Paper Recycling Program,” 1974
7. Student, Internship Journal, 1976
8. McLaren, Eugene, “Toward a New Town in Greene County,” undated
9. Moore, John, “Man and his Environment: A Syllabus,” 1971
10. Nichols, Rosemary, “Environmental Law: Cases and Commentary,” 1975
11. Nichols, Rosemary, “The Present Condition of Aesthetic Zoning: Has Beauty Found Shelter?” undated
12. Northeastern Regional Organization, National Speleological Society, “Report on New York State Cave Survey Information,” 1974
13. Student, “An Undergraduate Research Study of Chemical Pollution in the Campus Pond,” 1972
14. Werking, James, Motorcycle Safety: Introductory Curriculum,” 1975


Environmental Studies Program
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Series 3: Albany People’s Pipewatch, 1970-1971, 1973-1976, undated

Box 1
Folder

1. Airco Industrial Gases, Profile, 1976
2. Albany County Jail, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
3. Allegheny Ludlum Steel Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
4. Allied Chemical Corporation, NPDES Notice, 1976
5. American Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 19731974
6. Atlantic Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
7. Bendix Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
8. Callanan Industries, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
9. City of Mechanicville, NPDES Notice, Notes, Profile, 1974, 1976
10. City of Watervliet, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
11. Completed Sample Forms, undated
12. Correspondence, Citizens Protecting the Environment, List of Complaints Received, 1975
13. Correspondence, EPA, 1974-1975
14. Ford Motor Company, NPDES Notice, Profile, 1975-1976
15. General Electric, Fort Edward, NPDES Notice, Profile, 1975-1976
16. Hercules Incorporated, 1975, undated
17. HP Hood and Sons Inc., NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
18. Hudson Cement Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
19. International Playtex Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
20. Metropolitan Petroleum Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1973
21. Mobil Oil Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1973-1974
22. Niagra Mohawk Power Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
23. Normanskill, Sample Form, 1975
24. New York State Department of Health, Griffin Lab, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
25. New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
26. New York State Thruway Authority, NPDES Notice, Notes, Sample Form, 1974-1975
27. Pepsi Cola, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
28. Shell Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1973-1974
29. Sun Oil Company, NPDES Notice, Notes, undated
30. Texaco Incorporated, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
31. Tobin Packing Company, 1970-1971, undated
32. Town of Bethlehem, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
33. Town of Colonie, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974-1975
34. Town of East Greenbush, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
35. Town of Guilderland, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1974
36. Town of Ulster, Profile, 1976
37. US Steel Corporation, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
38. Village of Altamont, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
39. Village of Green Island, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975
40. Village of South Glens Falls, NPDES Notice, Notes, 1975

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