Monai Chanon



Monai Chanon

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Course Summary

Environmental engagement is a means of connecting environmental scholarship and people. ENVS 295 is a course which explores the intricacies of this process via analyses and discussion of articles, discourse with active stakeholders in the discipline, and writing through the content we encounter. At the start of the semester, students participated in a Reconnaissance Trip in which we visited and interacted with a number of organizations throughout Oregon -engaging with active organizations about a range of environmental concerns. Throughout the semester, we learned about the branching concerns of environmental engagement -effective action, misinformation, significance of stakeholders, and models of environmental communication. With this knowledge, Lindsey Dickmeyer, Noah Neubert and I built a relationship with the organization Sustainable Northwest in order to better understand what environmental engagement looks like in a real-world, contemporary context.

Engagement Partnership

One important part of ENVS 295 is an environmental engagement partnership with a Portland-area organization. The page linked above offers information and resources I helped compile for my organizational partner this semester.

Engagement Project

Building on the engagement partnership above, our team developed a related engagement project in collaboration with the partner. The page linked above offers details on our engagement project.

My Course Posts

I've done a series of posts throughout the semester related to readings, our partnership, our project, and my thoughts on environmental engagement. See below for all posts I've published, in reverse order by date.

Input for a Workshop in the Sustainable Northwest

April 21, 2020

Being as our project aims to connect so many individuals and organizations, it is important for our group to pursue input from the people involved. The input regarding our project will largely revolve around the main organizations involved in the project —Sustainable Northwest, educational Institutions (specifically its students), and the […]

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What Students Want to Learn From Sustainable Northwest

April 15, 2020

Sustainable Northwest has proven themselves to be successful at facilitating environmental engagement in the “radical middle” of natural resource management —pioneering solutions for multi-party environmental issues ranging from wood supply to river restoration. Not only do they have experience dealing with the immediate stakeholders of their core natural resource projects […]

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Academic Symposium with Sustainable Northwest

April 7, 2020

Introduction Sustainable Northwest facilitates environmental engagement in the “radical middle” of natural resource management —pioneering solutions that function for the well-being of a number of resources and, more importantly, a number of parties. More specifically, their core projects address water, forests, energy, and rangelands throughout various communities in the Pacific […]

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A Reflection of Environmental Engagement

March 23, 2020

Overview of Environmental Engagement Environmental engagement is a means of connecting environmental scholarship and people. ENVS 295 is a course which explores the intricacies of this process via analyses and discussion of articles, discourse with active stakeholders in the discipline, and writing through the content we encounter on the course […]

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Sustainable Northwest’s Dialogic Foundation

March 12, 2020

How do we go about engagement? After addressing the significance of “what and who” in regards to engagement, the proceeding concern is “how?” During week 8 of Jim Proctor’s course —Environmental Engagement— our focus was drawn to how engagement happens. To foreground our understanding, we began by looking at the […]

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Sustainable Northwest Hears a Who!

March 10, 2020

Divided Who For the “who” portion of Environmental Engagement, our class read a multitude of articles, even taking a few quizzes to evaluate the different types of people and their attitudes that we engage with. The Hidden Tribes of America quiz categorizes Americans into seven categories based on their political […]

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Sustainable Northwest’s Multiple Realities

March 3, 2020

Post-Truths, Multiple Realities and the Trump Campaign  The notion of “post-truths” is tremendously relevant within the political arena, leading to extreme polarization and stunted political progress. As Thomas B. Edsall in his article “Trump Is Waiting and He Is Ready,” Democrats and Republicans “view the same reality through a different […]

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Sustainable Northwest: How the “Radical Middle” Can Drive Change

February 25, 2020

Effective Altruism With regard to contemporary global challenges that we often feel as if we have little to no power in helping find the solutions to, effective altruism aims to serve as a response to this disheartenment. In Jim Proctor’s ENVS 295 class on Tuesday, February 18, we discussed readings […]

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The Yolk of Market Egg-ucation

February 17, 2020

Introduction In order to translate our classroom studies of Environmental Engagement into real-world ‘engagement,’ and what that actually looks like, we went on a two day trip through various areas of Northwest Oregon, ranging from Mount Hood National Forest regions to the Willamette Valley and prominent farming regions. In doing […]

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