Isabella Lopez Dion



  • Isabella Lopez Dion

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    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 is mainly focused on working to create a more open and effective dialogue or form of engagement between a diverse group of actors, all coming from different backgrounds with a variety of values and core beliefs; the goal of this engagement is to further understanding of others views and to improve overall environmental understanding and management. So far I have been able to further my understanding of engagement through the participation in conversation dealing with views that differ from my own. Throughout ENVS 295 I’ve been able to learn how to better communicate my ideas and listen to contrasting ideas with an open mind. I have also learned how to take these diverse ideas and opinions and to incorporate them into my own beliefs and from that gain a broader and more understanding view of environmental policy, engagement and management . 

    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.

    A Goal To Improve The Sharing Of Experiences and Beliefs

    April 21, 2020

    Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s mission is “to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes.” They generally keep their discussions and experiences within their organization, however […]

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    Who’s Talking About Fish?

    April 16, 2020

    In ENVS 220 we have been learning the importance of identifying stakeholders involved with an issue and how identifying these stakeholders can allow for better collaboration and cooperation when trying to solve an issue. In the Luyet article, A Framework to Implement Stakeholder Participation in Environmental Projects the importance of […]

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    Engaging Further With CRITFC

    April 2, 2020

    What? A possible engagement project that could be created with CRITFC would be creating a more interactive online program to spread CRITFC’s views and help in furthering the understanding of how Native Tribes view management in the Columbia River. In today’s day and age life has become more uncertain and […]

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    Get Engaged!

    March 20, 2020

    Reconnaissance Trips and Forming Relations: Throughout the course of ENVS 295, our focus has been engagement and the methods, outcomes and possibilities of it within our conversation about the environment. Our journey surrounding engagement began with the Reconnaissance Trip, where we had the opportunity to experience multiple organizations and evaluate […]

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    It’s a Two-Way Street: How to Communicate

    March 10, 2020

    There are a myriad of environmental issues that concern today’s world, and making sure everybody is aware of them is a key step in solving them. However, getting the message across to spread awareness is not as simple as just telling people these issues exist. There are three models of […]

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    CRITFC: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

    March 5, 2020

    When looking at the “Who” of environmental engagement, there are two considerations to take into account: how similar or different do groups compare to one another, and identifying stakeholders. In understanding who’s involved in engagement, it is important to be able to identify valid stakeholders. In a general sense, stakeholders […]

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    Facts or Fiction? The Era of Post-Truth and Columbia River Salmon

    March 2, 2020

    Situating the “What” of Engagement In engaging with any community, group, or stakeholder, there must be a defined what in the means of connection. In terms of environmental engagement, the what means what environmental issue we are engaging in discussion about. We will be discussing how the what of engagement […]

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    Thoughts From Wooden Shoe: CBD, Tulips, and The Oregon Farm Bureau

    February 21, 2020

    On January 31st of 2020, a few dozen college students comprising the Lewis and Clark environmental engagement set out on an overnight reconnaissance trip to try to grasp what environmental engagement is and how to do it. Our class arrived at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm on the morning of day […]

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    How CRITFC Acts Effectively

    February 20, 2020

    In an article by Vox, Dylan Matthews is frustrated by his realization that most companies do not seem as if their goal is to focus on the issues that matter most. The idea of effective action, or effective altruism, is to focus on the issues that seemingly matter the most, […]

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