2003-2004 Annual Report
Prepared by Emil Morhardt
During the course of the 2003-2004 academic year the REC:
· Involved 11 students in EEP clinics, analyzing corporate environmental and sustainability reports using the Center’s Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI); Over 450 reports have been scored to date and the results posted to the REC web site;
· Published four Pacific Sustainability Index sector reports—for the pharmaceutical, chemical, electronics, and petroleum refining industries. Reports were distributed to more than 700 business executives, financial analysts, and NGOs throughout the world;
· Employed 15 students as research assistants during the academic year and two during the summer. This year more than half of these were Government or Economics majors;
· Supported five students with summer internships - four of them at the Burger Reserve—and provided additional support to another;
· Hired a post-masters research fellow, Elgeritte Adidjaja, now a part-time Ph. D. student in the politics and economics department at CGU;
· Added two new board members—Thomas J. P. McHenry and Cam Treddennick—both environmental attorneys;
· Published, by the University of California Press, our first field guide to southern and eastern California: California Desert Flowers—An Introduction to Families, Genera and Species;
· Sponsored five environmental speakers at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum;
· Was awarded a $60,000 five-year grant from the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of and Management to study the efficacy of reseeding following forest fires;
· Conducted the second year of the BLM study with the four Burger Reserve students. The study is being directed by Dr. Sia Morhardt (Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, Pitzer College);
· Responded to additional requests from Calvert Securities Social Research Department in New York City to provide data from the PSI for use in a pilot project; Added nine topics to the PSI at Calvert’s suggestion;
· Continued as a member of the US Technical Committee 207 working group writing the ISO 14063 international standard on corporate Environmental Communication;
· Modified the Center’s physical space to accommodate a new tenure-track ecologist, Dianne Thomson, appointed to the Joint Science faculty in July 2004;
· Attended the invitational World Environment Center Gold Medal Colloquium in Washington DC in May 2004;
· Attended the 2004 Business and Sustainability Conference in New York in June, sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and The Conference Board;
· Initiated a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop graphical representations of interactions between industry and the environment.
Introduction and General Goals
The principal goal of the Roberts Environmental Center (REC) is to involve students in real-world environmental issues and to train them to analyze the issues from as broad a perspective as possible, taking science, economics and policy into consideration. The Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) major which incorporates all three disciplines is sponsored by the REC, and the REC Director is the Chair of the major. Many, but not all, of the students involved with the REC are EEP majors.
We are pursuing this primary goal in two largely orthogonal venues: 1) corporate environmental and social transparency and performance, and 2) management of natural resources on public lands, particularly those in California’s deserts and eastern Sierra where we have academic interests and field facilities.
We are approaching the corporate issues by researching—and through that research attempting to influence—global corporate environmental transparency and performance. Our approach is to analyze the environmental and sustainability reporting of the world’s largest corporations and to publish the results in technical papers, in commercial books, in REC reports, and on our web site. Our first paper on this topic was published in 2001, another done jointly with two EEP students was published in December 2002, and a book, Clean Green & Read All Over: Ten Rules for Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Reporting documenting the results of the Center’s research of the past two years was published by the American Society for Quality in June, 2002. During the past academic year the Center has published, both to the web and in hard copy, our first four industrial sector reports of Pacific Sustainability Index results for all pharmaceutical, chemical, petroleum refining, and electronics firms listed in the 2003 Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 1000 lists.
We are approaching the land management issues by teaching students some of the primary skills used by agency specialists (including geographic information systems (GIS), geographic positioning systems (GPS), satellite image analysis, vegetation analysis, statistical data analysis, and photographic documentation) and by involving them in summer field research related to agency management. In November 2003, the REC was awarded a $60,000 contract by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management to study the success of reseeding two major forest fire areas about an hour north of the Burger Reserve. The Burger students last year initiated the five-year study under the direction of Dr. Sia Morhardt, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Pitzer College and the study is ongoing with summer students at the Burger Reserve
The University of California Press published the Center’s California Desert Flowers, Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species in April 2004. If commercially successful, it may be the first of a series of natural history field guides of eastern and southeastern California partially supported by the Center.
Associated with these activities is the goal of increasing the visibility of the REC through our publications, websites, and personal contacts at meetings and other venues.
Activities during the 2003-2004 Academic Year
EEP Clinic Program and the Center’s research
The Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI) - The main goal of the 11 students in the REC clinic program in 2003-2004 was to increase corporate scoring using the PSI (developed in the Center and published in its 2002 book on environmental and sustainability reporting). The REC PSI web site went live in February 2003 accompanied by an announcement by email to a mailing list, developed by the center, of more than 700 people - mostly corporate environmental executives and governmental environmental personnel around the world. By the end of the summer we had 450 reports scored and the results posted. In a new initiative this year, the scores in the chemical, electronics, petroleum refining and pharmaceutical industrial sectors were compiled into sector reports published to the web and in hard copy.
Meeting attendance - We are continuing to publicize the PSI efforts through meeting attendance. In May, Emil Morhardt attended the World Environment Congress Annual Gold Medal colloquium and ceremony in Washington D. C., and in June he attended the 2004 Business and Sustainability Conference sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and run by The Conference Board in New York City. These are two of the principal international annual forums for corporate environmental executives discussing their environmental and social programs and reports. The meetings have been invaluable in getting personal feedback on our activities from the people responsible for these reports.
The Calvert Group - The PSI scoring has caught the eye of the Director of Research, Julie Gorte, of the Calvert Social Research Department and of one of its analysts, Lily Donge ’92, who are proposing to use a subset of its results as the basis for judging corporate environmental and social transparency for use in assembling socially responsible mutual funds. The have made suggestions which we have implemented to improve the PSI, and we have shared some of our raw data with them.
Bureau of Land Management Contract - This summer, the REC began its second year’s fieldwork on a 5-year $60,000 contract with the U. S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management to evaluate the effects of reseeding on the recovery of four areas in the eastern Sierra burned last year in two separate major forest fires. This is a major field effort involving over a hundred randomly-placed transects each year of 7 or 8 quadrats each. The quadrats are large squares, 2 meters on a side, within which the amount of area covered by each of every plant species present must be estimated. The students therefore must learn a significant amount of plant taxonomy and be able to identify many plant species at all stages of their life cycles. They also must record the GPS coordinates of all transects, enter them into the Center’s geographic information system (GIS) and produce maps, enter the field data into a custom Microsoft Access database developed by the Center, and produce a summary data report. Dr. Sia Morhardt is managing the project, training the students in plant taxonomy, and overseeing the fieldwork.
Elgeritte Adidjaja joined the REC as a Research Fellow in March 2004 for a one-year position, extendable to a second year. She has a B.A. in business and operations from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.A. in urban and regional planning from Cal Poly Pomona, and has just been admitted as a part-time Ph. D. student in the politics and economics department at CGU. She is quite skilled in Microsoft Access which is making her extremely valuable in maintaining and modifying the REC PSI database which serves all of our sustainability reporting data to the web, and which is the basis for all of our sustainability reporting research.
Student Employees and Summer Internships
Gonzalo Cavenaghi ’06, Sarah Conway ’05, Tom Dibley ’04, Ben Fleishmann ’05, Chris Frantz ’06, Mary Beth Houlihan ’04, Katherine Leland ’04, Sara Leverette ’03, Tim Karp ‘04, Joseph Miklich ’04, Fabian Ngo ’06, Katie Smillie ’05, Daniel Cahir ’05 Carrie Snow ‘05, and Marta Young ’04 worked as research assistants in the REC during the 2003-2004 academic year doing a wide variety of tasks associated with the Center’s research. These included a comprehensive literature search, focusing and doubling the size of our mailing list for environmental and sustainability reporting email and mailing lists, scoring corporate reports, extracting and standardizing numerical performance data from corporate reports for correlation with PSI scores and with corporate size and sector, and extracting numerical performance goals from reports Chris Frantz worked in the Center throughout the summer of 2004, and scoring and extracting numerical environmental metrics from corporate environmental and sustainability reports. He was aided by Ben Fleishmann who also did scoring this summer.
The Center supported Emily Englert ’05 during the summer as a full-time Research Intern at The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington DC. She helped the staff conduct research and write publications on current issues concerning natural resource protection and pollution prevention, and attending Congressional hearings.
The Center also partially supported Justin Pressfield in meeting with hydrologists at San Andreas University in La Paz, Bolivia, and in conducting field interviews and site visits in Cochabamba and at the Bala Dam site on the Beni River in his development of a case study of why the resistance to privatization of the water supply system became violent, why the government trusted a negative cost/benefit analysis of the Bala Dam, and how the results of the cost/benefit analysis were used successfully to block dam construction.
Summer Students at the Burger Reserve
Four students spent the summer of 2004 at the CMC Mono Basin Field Station at the Burger Reserve. Margo Dawley ’06, Maggie Witt ’06, Jenna Goodward ’06 (Scripps), and Amy Watson ’04 (Pitzer) conducted fieldwork on the Center’s BLM contract to assess the effectiveness of reseeding after the Cannon and Slinkard fires near Walker California.
During the 2003-2004 academic year the Roberts Environmental Center sponsored the following lectures at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
- Dan Kammen, professor of public policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, and director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Labooratory, University of California, Berkeley - The smoking gun: energy and health in developing nations.
- Eric Schlosser, author, “Fast Food Nation”: Conversation with Eric Schlosser
- Barry Lopez, author of Artic Dreams (1986) and Light Action in the Caribbean: Stories (2000)
- Eugenie Scott, executive director, National Center for Science Education, Intelligent Design: Not Ready for Prime Time or Why Scientists Reject Intelligent Design
- Aviva Brecher, Senior Scientist, U. S. Department of Transportation, Balancing Transportation, Energy, and the Environment
In May 2003 four CMC seniors and one Scripps senior graduated with the EEP major (thesis titles follow names):
Benjamin Schachter - Will technology feed the world? An analysis of industrialized agriculture: past, present, and future.
Mary Beth Houlihan—The reality of environmental inequality in the Bronx
Brian Pringle—Prehistoric cave bear ecology inferred from skeletal remains in caves (thesis reader is Professor Donald McFarlane)
Noah Zogas - An analysis of the revegetative success of reseeding five native species in the Cannon and Slinkard fire areas to prevent exotic species invasion: Year 1 of 5, Summer 2003.
Emil Morhardt also directed the senior theses of two additional seniors closely associated with the Roberts Environmental Center:
Michelle Black - Defending the Delta: Securing water rights for the Colorado River Delta
Asuka Madenokoji (Scripps) - Voluntary corporate reporting: the analysis of American and Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies.
Activities of EEP Graduates—There have been 90 EEP graduates and we know the recent status of many of them. Many of their activities deal in some way with environmental matters and reflect a continuation of the interests which led these alumni to choose the EEP major. It is striking, however, to look at the range of top-quality graduate programs and professions into which EEP graduates go.
Asif Ahmed 1995 Marketing manager, Gemstar/TV Guide
Dona Anderson 1996 Energy Consultant, Peace Corps, Slovak Republic
Dana Armanino 1995 Administration, Western Plastics
Michael Asakawa 1999
Sarah Baird 2001 Dept. of Resource Econ., U. C. Berkeley—Ph. D. Student
Sedina Banks 2000 University of California, Davis, Law School JD ‘03
Kate Beardsley 1997 Consultant, The Gas Institute
Molly Blumer 1996 Business Manager, The Press Restaurant, Claremont
Ryan Bogen 1997 CEO, D3 Technologies
Thomas Casey 1995
Lui Cevallos 1995 Project Engineer, Kemp Bros. Construction, Santa Fe Springs
David Cherney 2002 Yale School of Forestry and Env. Mgt. MA ‘06
John Cherry 1995 2Lt/Platoon Leader, U. S. Army
Robert Cole 1995 Systems Dev. Specialist, Mani Global Communications
Eric Craig 1994 Senior Financial Analyst, Vital Processing
Allison Davis 2000 Broadcast Associate, CBS News
Sean Dempsey 1995 Director, Corp. Dev. and Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Anita Dhingee 2000 Engineer, City of Los Angeles Dept of Public Works
Kristen Edwards 1999
Suchada Eickemeyer 1999 United States Army
Gwendolyn Fanger 1994 Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
Gary Feramisco 1997 Underwriter, Brockbank Insurance Services
Sarah Frazee 1995 Program Assistant, Conservation International
Kelly Freeman 2002 Watson Fellow (studying in India, Peru, and Venezuela)
Kathryn Gaffney 1998 UC Berkeley School of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, MA‘05
Sally Garrison 1995 Attorney
Courtney Goren 2000 Air Quality Analyst, Sonoma Technology, Inc.
Patrick Gorgue 1996
Billy Grayson 2000 Asst. National Field Director, Sierra Club
Brian Gross 1995 Urban Planner
Graham Guess 1994 Financial Counselor, Managing Partner, Xelan, Inc.
Christopher Hamilton 1997 E-Commerce Product Manager, Zing.com
Brent J. Hoberg 1999 Environmental Engineer, Kip Prahl Associates
Mary Beth Houlihan 2004 Legal Intern,
Clive Hsu 2000
Carlos Jallo 1994
David Jarrat 1993
David Juiliano 2002
Courtney Jung 1999 Georgetown Law Center JD ‘02
Margaret Kaiser 2000 Columbia University JD ‘03
Caleb Kelly 2000 Associate Engineer, Iwin.com
Daniel Klaus 2002 UCSB Bren School of Env. Sci. and Mgt. MA ‘06
Rachel Kokjer 1996
Cho-Yi Kwan 2000 Yale School of Forestry and Env. Mgt. MA ‘05
Peregrine Lahm 2003 Graduate Student, Oregon Graduate Research Institute
Yee Kee Lam 2000 Analyst, J. P. Morgan
Thomas Lambakis 1995 IT Director, Tucker Alan, Inc., Los Angeles
Greger Larson 1996 Graduate Student, University of Colorado
Sara Leverette 2003 Environmental Consultant,
Brett Lim 1998 Director of Marketing, Radio Satellite Integrators
Christopher Lloyd 2001
Christina Wagner Lovato1993 Attorney
Scott Marshall 1996 Investment Analyst, Forest Capital Partners
Erin Mastagni 2002
Mayumi Matsuno 2001 Management Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, New York
Mark McMahon 2000 Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
Justin Carter Meek 1999 Management Consultant, Maxtera Enterprises
Andrew Meyer 1992 Environmental Consultant
Megan Murphy 1997 Law Student, University of Colorado
Kimberlee Myers 2000 Environmental Analyst, Sapphos Environmental, Pasadena
Allyson Nakamoto 1993
Edward Paek 2001 Environmental Analyst, Sapphos Environmental
Brian Pringle 2004
Nicole Puckhaber 1996 Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
Greg Rasner 1995 Director, Internet and Systems, Silicon Energy
Rachel Richards 1999 Management Consultant, Deloitte and Touche, Los Angeles
Julie Rodriguez 1994 Attorney, Jenner & Block, Chicago
Todd Sax 1993 Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Benjamin Schachter 2004
Paul Seilo 1999
Tom Sheets 1998 Senior Associates, Trammell Crows Company
Jeffrey Stein 1999 Stanford Business School MBA ‘05
Gregory Tansey 1993
Deena Tibshraeny 1994 Group Sales Manager, Macy's
Michael Trowbridge 1996 Soseiworld Corporation Group, Japan
Calandra Turner 2001 Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
James Uwins 1998 UCSB Bren School of Env. Sci. and Mgt. MA ‘05
Rachel Van Dusen 2003 PostBac pre-med program, Johns Hopkins University
Brian Vlasich 2000 Air Quality Instrument Specialist, South Coast AQMD
Tina Wang 1998 Law student, USC ‘05
Megan Wargo 2000 Duke University MA program in Resource Economics ‘03
Eric Wilson 1996 Project Manager, EDAW, Inc.
Rachel Wilson 2003 Risk Analyst, Marsh Associates
Ryan Wingo 2001
Stewart Winkler 1993 President, Winkler Reality Investments LLC
Mary Wong 1995 Project Coordinator, Tele Atlas North America, Inc.
Maxwell Woods 2001
Trevor Yeats 1996 Research Analyst, ICF Consulting.Washington D. C.
Noah Zogas 2004
The director will be on sabbatical during the fall semester but Elgeritte Adidjaja will continue the Center’s programs and will supervise two or three students working in the Center. This year we are planning on publishing sector reports for motor vehicles and parts, gas and electrical utilities, (either combined with the energy sector, or both separately) forest and paper products, metals (either combined with mining or both separately), and railroads. Student involvement, both during the spring semester and the summer are expected to be much the same as this year.
Annual Board Meeting
The annual board meeting was held on April 14, 2004 in the Roberts Environmental Center.
Richard C. Adams, Jr. '62
Terry D. Evans '59
Michael G. Graber '74
Brent F. Howell '62 Chair
Thomas J. P. McHenry
J. Emil Morhardt Director
George R. Roberts ‘66
Marshall C. Sale '62
Gary J. Smith ‘73
Cam Tredennick ‘88
 in conjunction with a Mellon grant to the Joint Science Department.
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