Letter from the Director
Welcome to the Center for the Environment’s website which
is now under re-vision. My name is Lauret Savoy and I became the
new director in fall 2005.
The flavor I strive to bring to the Center is that of bridging,
of making connections—across disciplines, across points of
view, across structures that may keep us from engaging in dialogue
about “environment” in our work, community, and lives.
I want people to imagine “environment” broadly—not
just as surroundings, not just as the air, water, and land on which
we depend, or that we pollute—but as sets of circumstances,
conditions, and contexts in which we live, work, and grow.
The events of one's life take place, take place. Have you ever
thought about this? Imagine if one's experience of land and place
is indigenous or urban or indentured or exiled or degraded or toxic?
The challenge we all face is to imagine existence broadly, as
children might, and to seek common ground where edges have separated
us. Natural history and human history, natural and cultural diversity,
social and ecological conscience--none is easily separable from
the other. We invite you to enter the dialogue with us as we explore
the points of intersection.