What we do…

In its first four years, the Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) has been awarded over $20,000 in support of undergraduate research opportunities. Each ESWG research intern is able to develop a project of their choosing that falls under the broad umbrella of environmental sustainability, including climate change risk perception, communication and organizational responses. ESWG interns receive individualized research mentoring and professional development coaching. ESWG interns have gone on to competitive graduate programs, including the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability, and earned high honors, including the national Udall Scholar designation.

ESWG Publications:
Forthcoming

Johnson, V., K. Klockow-McClain, R. Peppler, A. Person. “Tornado Climatology and Risk Perception in Central Oklahoma.” Accepted to Weather, Climate and Society with minor revisions.


2021

Wade, M., R. Peppler, A. Person. “Community Education and Perceptions of Water Reuse: A Case Study in Norman, Oklahoma.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Published February 19, 2021 online. (Link)


2020

“Merkel, S., A. Person, R. Peppler, S. Melcher. “Climate Change Communication: Examining the Social and Cognitive Barriers to Productive Environmental Communication.” Social Science Quarterly. Published July 15, 2020 online. (Link)


ESWG Conference and Research Presentations, Selected:
2020
“Community Education and Public Perceptions of Water Reuse in Norman, OK,” paper presented by Madeline Wade at the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers’ Conference, Online, November 17, 2020. *Second place in the undergraduate student paper competition

“Gendered Expressions of Place Attachment near the Tar Creek Superfund Site,” poster to be presented by Brooke Foster at the Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky, February 27-29, 2020. *Winner of the poster competition

2019
“Place Attachment, Climatology, and Tornado Risk Perception in Central Oklahoma,” presented by Victoria Johnson at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. *Winner of an AMS Honorable Mention student presenter award.

“Constructing Green Cities,” presented by Maya Henderson at the Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. *Henderson named a Udall Scholar.

“Practical Rural Recycling: Intersections Between Municipalities, Companies, and Residents,” presented by Angela Person at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

2018
“The future of recycling in Oklahoma: Where do we go from here?” presented by Sarah Melcher at the Southwestern American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. *Melcher named a Solid Waste Association of North America Scholarship recipient.

“Contentious or Collegial? Exploring the Diamond Pipeline Across Disciplines in the Land of Oil and Gas,” presented by Allyson Wiley at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“Climate Change Communication: Examining the social and cognitive barriers to effective climate change communication,” presented by Sonia Merkel at OU Undergraduate Research Day.

Links to recent ESWG project overviews:

“Water Re-Use in Norman, Oklahoma” (Story Map), by Madeline Wade

“An Examination of Environmental Injustice at Tar Creek” (Story Map), by Brooke Foster

“Greenwashing in the Beauty Industry” (Story Map), by Gabby Bittner

“Where Do We Go From Here: The Future of Recycling in Rural Oklahoma” (Story Map), by Sarah Melcher.

“Climate Change Communication: Examining the social and cognitive barriers to effective climate change communication” (Story Map), by Sonia Merkel.

“Constructing  Green Cities: How are Green Cities being Defined?” (Story Map), by Maya Henderson.

“Contentious or Collegial? Exploring the Diamond Pipeline Across Disciplines in the Land of Oil and Gas” (AAG Abstract), by Allyson Wiley.

“Risks and Places: How Does Place Attachment Affect Tornado Risk Perception in Central Oklahoma?” (Story Map), by Victoria Johnson.

“Sustainability in America: How are Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans implemented in America’s federal agencies?” (Story Map), by Daniella Rodriguez.


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