Our students and faculty are at the heart of the Redford Conservancy’s vision and passion for sustainability and environmental wellbeing. They are the change-makers of the 21st century. Since 2020, the Conservancy has funded course development across the curriculum. See some of the results of this work below!

Google Earth view of Inland Empire warehouses

Story Maps: Warehouse Planning Process and Community Resistance in the Inland Empire, Fall 2021

What is the planning and approval process behind warehouse construction? Students in our environmental analysis senior seminar set out to find the answer and reported back about land use, environmental impact and review, general plan amendments, rezoning efforts, and community resistance. The maps are meant to enhance people’s participation in usually opaque planning processes that impact their communities.

We chose four warehouses—two built, two unbuilt, one in Riverside County, and one in San Bernardino County. Each warehouse brought up a different issue: greenwashing, habitat destruction, labor issues, neighborhood compromise, and health and safety issues including arson.

  • ephemeral natures: Ben Cowan (PZ’18), Augustine Kofie, Tarrah Krajnak (Associate Professor of Art), Lindsay McCord (PZ’16), Taylor Novick Finder (PZ’17), Jessica Rath, Kaile Sauro (PZ’17)

Stay tuned! We look forward to featuring more courses, projects, and reflections from a variety of students in the near future!