Noah Neubert

  • Noah Neubert
    Ahoy! My name is Noah Neubert and I am an environmental studies major at Lewis and Clark College. In terms of my Area of Interest, I am focusing on energy transitions, particularly in environmental justice communities.

    Course Summary

    Environmental Engagement describes the ways in which conversation, particularly conversation with an emphasis on environmental discourse, can lead to action with fruitful, worthwhile results. ENVS 295, existing under the title of “Environmental Engagement”, seeks to equip students with the skills necessary for this productive engagement. Thus far, we have explored these processes through a series of text analysis, class discussion, and active dialogue with organizations familiar with environmental engagement. As a precursor to course content, students went on a reconnaissance trip throughout northwestern Oregon, speaking and listening to different organizations about how they engage and what the concept means to them. Throughout the rest of the semester, our class was given the opportunity to dive deeper into the world of engagement exploring concepts of effective action, the notion of post-truth, the divided who, and the “how” of environmental engagement; all of which are proving to be essential elements in creating conversation towards action. With an understanding of all of the confounding variables that come with engagement, Lindsey Dickmeyer, Monai Chanon and I formed a partnership with Sustainable Northwest, an organization that brings local interests together to develop community-driven solutions to the challenges that arise. Throughout the semester, we have been in contact with Greg Block, president of Sustainable Northwest. Our group has been able to develop a relationship with the organization, and we have even been able to propose an engagement project with them! 

    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.

    Assessing the Success of Our Workshop: Was It Worth It?

    April 22, 2020

    After creating, developing, and eventually proposing a partnership project to be done with Sustainable Northwest, there is a question of how our group will go about assessing the success of our endeavors. We have laid out a number of goals for this project, all of which we hope can be […]

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    How Might We Promote Engagement within Sustainable Northwest?

    April 15, 2020

    Environmental engagement is a tricky subject to digest. It calls attention to questions of what, who, and how – what is the environmental issue; who is the audience or participants; and how might we engage in dialogue? It is precisely these questions that students in ENVS 295 – appropriately titled […]

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    Staring at One’s Own Reflection: A Deep Dive into Environmental Engagement

    March 28, 2020

    An Introduction to Engagement Environmental engagement is a broad topic; there is no one definition of the two words as separate entities, let alone a conclusive definition when they are together. In our ENVS 295 course, titled “environmental engagement,” the phrase is used to describe the ways in which conversation, […]

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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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    Collaboration at the Fire Station

    February 18, 2020

    Introduction Our Environmental Engagement class, ENVS 295, went on a reconnaissance trip to encounter various environmental conflicts in Oregon that represent opportunities for inclusive engagement across differences. One of the presentations we experienced on the trip involved The Hood River Forest Collaborative (HRFC). The group presented in the form of […]

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