Teaching Sustainability from Half a World Away – EVPP 201


This was a story recently featured on Mason Online. J. Neil Ransom is a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and Dr. Robert Jonas is Chair of the department.


One of only a few science courses that does not require a lab component, EVPP 201: Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century introduces students to broad aspects of human-environmental interactions in the contemporary world. Partially fulfilling the natural science requirement for Mason Core, EVPP 201 has also been designated a Green Leaf Course as it contributes significantly to students’ understanding and practice of sustainability.

For Professor J. Neil Ransom, who has been conducting PhD dissertation research in Kenya for the past year, bringing the course to the online format has allowed him to promote knowledge and understanding of sustainability efforts while continuing to practice and engage in research within the field. He explains, “EVPP 201 is a great course that introduces students without a strong background in science to some great environmental information. Non-science majors can take this course without feeling intimidated by it.”

Read the full story and view images on Mason Online at http://masononline.gmu.edu/story73/

Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus