Sierra Gundersen

  • Sierra Gundersen
    Hello! I'm a junior environmental studies double major (with psychology as my other major) at Lewis and Clark College. This site is dedicated to the work I have completed and will continue to do in the environmental studies major.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 is all about promoting the idea of engagement. Environmental engagement is important because it allows for the inclusion of all perspectives in order to generate a solution that benefits all parties. It's important to take into account all voices in order to not further marginalize any groups. I have gained an understanding of who to include, what to incorporate, and how to illustrate ideas in environmental engagement scenarios. I have effectively been able to communicate with outside environmental groups during this class and gained a greater understanding of how these groups practice different engagement tactics in their work every day.

    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 Our Followers

    April 16, 2020

    Our partnership is with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC). PHCC’s priorities are to promote the rights and values of those most marginalized in the community. They also work adamantly to see that the Portland Harbor Superfund site gets cleaned up and restoration begins in a timely manner. In order […]

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    Instagram: More Than Just a Distraction

    April 10, 2020

    Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC) works to promote the voices and values of those most marginalized in the community surrounding the Portland Harbor Superfund site. They also work to promote the clean-up and restoration of the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Our group has partnered with PHCC in an effort to […]

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    Looking at My Reflection

    March 23, 2020

    Environmental Engagement Engagement allows for a wide variety of perspectives to be included in the search for a solution to a variety of environmental issues.” Engagement is essential to consider and integrate into all fields and disciplines. When it comes to environmental engagement specifically, it is especially important to incorporate […]

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    How I Met Your River

    March 10, 2020

    How to Engage We have discussed in the past the importance of identifying the “who” to include into environmental engagement opportunities as well as the “what” should be discussed at large. The third step in creating proactive and effective environmental engagement includes determining the “how.” This means understanding how to […]

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    Whose River is it Anyways?

    March 8, 2020

    Understanding Everyone Involved Understanding who all is involved as stakeholders in every situation when it comes to environmental engagement is key. The incorporation of all perspectives creates the most efficient and inclusive form of engagement possible. When considering stakeholders, it’s important to consider all groups involved, not just the most […]

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    A Waterfront Through Different Lenses

    February 29, 2020

    Post-Truths in Current Climates Environmental engagement is a process that involves three things: the what (an issue), the who (stakeholders), and the how (the way engagement/connections are being made). This week in ENVS 295, we focused on the “what” of environmental engagement. Many environmental issues are controversial and in the […]

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    Splashing In With The Coalition

    February 24, 2020

    Effective Action The concept of effective action comes with a number of different ideas backing it up. In the most general way, effective action is seen as individuals or groups taking action in the most efficient and meaningful manner that makes it so the outcome is the most beneficial to […]

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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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