Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Code: 44609 2.5 units Robin Freeman, Contact: robinf5713@aol.com 213-3569 for office hours

SRH Environmental Center or field. Mondays 6:30-9:20 pm Sat/Sun 10am-4:30pm

Student Learning Outcomes:This is an introduction to technical, experiential or creative, descriptive, grant, report and publicity environmental writing. You will be able to identify, write rough drafts for, and edit several types of writing commonly used in the environmental field. You will be able to prepare a document to submit for publication.

SAT 9/5 Introductions, About Program, About Course, What is Environmental Writing?
Writing Exercises, interpretive trail walk and writing.
Exercise, Readings from other writers, Tidbits from writers on writing, read-around and editing every class
Reading assignment – choose a writing type and read some of it – bring a short passage you either like or find hard to read. Due beginning 9/14
Writing Assignment: Using the description of place and your hopes and any worries, write as honestly as you wish about your first experiences in this course. If you are willing, we can post them on our blog and submit them to the Merritt Reporter. This is due Mon, 9/14. You may choose not to hand it in or use it if you don’t want to, though I encourage you to. Review this draft syllabus for writing types you would like to suggest and your preferred order.

MON 9/14,–,. Shitty first draft. and finding your own voice. Writing a clear trail guide description for a general audience; writing about a childhood experience in the environment. Read around
Assignment: Childhood experience in the environment due next week
Due: Description of your first experience in this course. Selected readings every week

MON 9/21 Read from Childhood experience. Technical report writing – Environmental Impact Reports
Assignment: directions or instructions or description of an object or process – write a description for a 5 year old – write the same one for an adult
Due: Childhood experience in the environment

SAT 9/26 Interpretive writing, instructions. What are you going to use writing for? Discuss final project possibilities. Field trip: Pt. Pinole Richmond Shoreline Festival
Event description, interview, interpretive
Assignment List final project unedited draft ideas/annotate the subject categories at least 2 of your ideas
Due: Brief descriptive paragraphs
MON 9/28 Story telling; the narrative - and autobiographical/travel
Exercise, Readings from other writers, Tidbits from writers on writing
Assignment: Narrative
Due: Draft interpretive sign or brochure element for Nature Trail
SUN 10/4 outdoors, library research, coffee shop options, free write
Assignment: Research key words and submission venues for some project ideas and interpretive text
Due: Narrative draft
MON 10/5 Political persuasion; essay, letter to editor, approaching the press
Assignment: Point of view or promotional piece
Due: Pt. Pinole writings
SUN 10/11 Brainstorming and begin writing final project. Research writing and outdoors – Publicity and Press releases
Assignment: Write unedited lousy first draft
Due TBA as agreed with class from here on.
MON 10/12 Grant writing
Assignment: Write a project narrative
Due: Project first draft
MON 10/19 Power point writing / Review final project Writing for film/photo essay
Due Press or publicity release
MON 10/26
MON 11/2
MON 11/9 Creative writing and Environmental Poetry
MON 11/16
MON 11/23 Final project due – submit for publication
MON 11/30 Read-around, pot luck
Course Requirements: If you want to take the course for credit/non-credit you must do that on the user unfriendly PROMT/Passport system right away, if you haven’t already.
This course satisfies requirements for several ENVMT majors. If you are taking the course for a letter grade, there are ongoing writing and research assignments and a final project. The final project is to prepare one piece of writing for publication. It can be of any length. You will research and identify at least one venue where you can submit it. For a longer piece, you may prepare a proposal and query letter without having completed the work itself. You will evaluate the course and suggest a grade for yourself based on the value you have or might receive from participating in the course.


Fall ‘09 SYLLABUS. Environmental Center, Self Reliant House
INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN FREEMAN 510-434-3840, robinf5713@aol.com

Recommended texts (not required): The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers. Island Press; and What Color is Your Parachute?, 10 Speed Press

Course Requirements:
Environmental Careers is a required core course for Environmental Studies majors. It may be taken for 1) a letter grade (required of majors or for transfer grade point average), 2) for Credit (no grade, gives transfer elective units), or
3) No Credit (does not affect transcript). For those taking a letter grade, the course is self-grading.

1) Course attendance, 2) a minimum of 4 hours volunteer work for any environment related organization or firm, 3) an Informational Interview or Research Report on an environmental career are required for a letter grade. There will be brief evaluations of the interview and volunteer/intern projects (see due dates). An Environmental Career Portfolio will be developed during the course.

Your volunteer work can be for the Environmental Program at Merritt or at a location of your choosing which willing to have you for a short period of time.
Some organizations would rather have you for at least a full day. Of course, you are welcome to put in more than four hours. You should choose work that is interesting to you and fits into your career development. There will be listings available in class or from the Harbinger File, the Ecology Center on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley and numerous government agencies.

Sep 14, 10am to 1pm - Introduction to the course, Class Introduction Interviews
Sep 21, 10am to 1pm - Preference Profiles, Environ. Careers Slide presentation
Sep 27- Sunday 10am- 4:30pm Bring bag lunch, 5 Year Plan, Strategy A and B,
Resume, History of Work, guest. To accommodate religious services, you may attend the afternoon only.
Break time for Interviews and Mini-internship
Oct 1910am to 1pm Reports on interviews/internships due, discussion/task,
Oct 2610am to 1pm Reports continued, discussion, evaluation.


Strategies for energy and resource-efficient living

Instructor Team Contacts:
Leslie Geathers: nativearch@sbcglobal.net c. 510-292-7266
Bruce Douglas: lbdpe@sbcglobal.net
Robin Freeman: robinf5713@aol.com 213-3569


Thursdays 6:30-8:50pm (9/10-12/3), and 3 Saturdays 9-4:20pm (9/12, 9/19, 10/3)
Environmental Center, Self Reliant House
Text: Natural Remodeling, for the Not-so- Green House, Venolia & Lerner, Lark Books

9/ 10: Introductions, instructors & students. Explanation of ongoing projects, class outline (hand out project outline/ expectations). Reading: Part I

9/12: Rain water garden installation. Trailer siding and water detail review. Natural Building class visits SRH

9/17: Living wall planting & irrigation, Project hand out. Reading: Part III, Chapter 7

9/19: EBMUD Trailer weatherization retrofit. Reading: Part II, Chapter 3

9/24: Intro to energy Reading: Part II, Chapter 5, Trailer details installation

10/1: Grey water: Guest Lecture. Reading: Part IV, Chapter 12

10/3: Raised bed construction/ and cover-crop seeding. Afternoon tour of local Eco complex. Part III, Chapter 8

10/8: Energy, solar energy, conservation

10/15: Straw bale construction, Guest Lecture

10/22: Passive Solar Design 1

10/29: Project check-in day

11/5: Passive Solar Design 2

11/12: PV Solar Design 1

11/19: PV Solar Design 2

11/26: Project check-in day

12/3: Final project presentations

You may take the class Credit/Non-Credit or for a letter grade based on:
55% Attendance, and discussion/participation
45% Projects

The Watershed Project's Internship Program, Richmond

Internship Program

The Watershed Project's Internship Program offers talented undergraduates, graduates, and beginning professionals hands-on work experience and specialized training in the fields of non-profit management and operations, environmental education, marketing and communications, and watershed program management. Interns will work under the guidance of our professional staff and will have the chance to contribute directly to meaningful and exciting projects, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience working for a well-respected and growing non-profit.

Our internship program is designed to provide the maximum educational benefit to participants by placing interns in positions that fit their professional interests and skill-sets. We welcome individuals with a variety of backgrounds to apply. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in environmental work and have a demonstrated commitment to watershed and community stewardship.

Practical details:
The Watershed Project internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to help you receive academic credit for your work. In some cases, we are able to provide certification in a variety of EPA protocols. Hours and internship length are flexible to your schedule. All internships will be based out of our office on the lovely UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station, which is right on the San Francisco Bay. Travel expenses to and from project sites will be reimbursed by The Watershed Project.

Current needs:
We are always looking for talented and dedicated individuals with an interest in watershed issues. At the moment, we have a specific organizational need for:

Watershed Ambassador: Join the outreach team and represent The Watershed Project at public events. Run activities for adults and children and inspire community members to get involved in the watershed movement.

Web Development Intern: Help us develop and expand our website and online communications, including Facebook, Google AdWords, and YouTube.

Community Organizing Intern: Work with local schools, community groups, and residents on our Richmond Watershed Awareness and Action Program. Help recruit volunteers for restoration workdays and maintain important projects to improve the health and beauty of Richmond.

Outreach Intern: Help raise watershed awareness and expand the reach of our award-winning programs. Build solid and useful communications skills including web-based networking and social media.

Environmental Education Curriculum Development Intern: Join the education team and develop fresh content for our Oyster Program. The content will be used in schools across the Bay Area to teach students the importance of protecting subtidal habitat.

Landscape Design Intern: Work with our restoration team to design a park in Richmond utilizing Low Impact Design Techniques like bioswales. Your designs will actually be used to benefit the local community and environment.
To apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter expressing your professional interests, skills and experience by email to Femke Oldham at femke@thewatershedproject.org with "TWP Internship Program" in the subject line, or by regular mail to:

The Watershed Project Internship Program
1327 South 46th Street
155 Richmond Field Station
Richmond, CA 94804