The Environmental Studies & Sciences Program encourages students to gain experiences that will enhance their academic studies and provide meaningful connections “beyond the gates." Through partnerships with the Memphis Zoo, the Wolf River Conservancy, Greening Greater Memphis, Project Green Fork, Livable Memphis, Bridges USA, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, local government, and many other business and community foundations, the Environmental Studies and Sciences program provides opportunities for students to explore career options and begin establishing a professional network both in Memphis and in other regions.
The Environmental Studies & Sciences Program prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century world in which environmental questions will become increasingly pressing. These issues will require a global perspective, and Rhodes helps to prepare students think about the environment from a world wide point of view by encouraging study abroad and international internship opportunities. Our students have already worked on environmental and related issues in Bolivia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Namibia, and other international locations.
Brian Lainoff '12, Global Crop Diversity Trust, will speak to students about his career abroad. Brian works in communications and media relations. He graduated with BAs in Environmental Studies and English. At Rhodes, he researched the social and economic effects of green space in Memphis as well as the impact of the environment on American literature. He also played on the Varsity Baseball team.