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The College of the Environment at Wesleyan University was created with a belief in the resilience of the human spirit and a desire to develop a long-term vision of human and ecosystem health.

coexist is the blog of our COE (College of the Environment) community–a vibrant group of students, faculty, alumni, and others interested in exploring our natural world and our place in it.

Our mission, simply stated: to change the world.

fall into fall with pumpkin fest 2019

Grab your friends and family and join us at Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 12 to 4 pm at Long Lane Farm in Middletown. Last year’s event drew more than 400 attendees from Wesleyan and our Middletown communities. This year’s event will feature local bands, farm tours, crafts, produce and baked goods for sale, a pie-eating contest, vendors—including RJ Julia, WesPress, NoRA Cupcake, Adelbrook Bark-ery and the Spice Lady—student groups, FREE veggie burgers and cider, and more. Hope to see you there!

versey, ritter ‘19 explore environmentally induced displacement with coe faculty-student research grant

Professor Versey and Emma Ritter ’19 (front, center), with students from Versey’s Critical Health + Social Ecology (CH+SE) Lab.

Assistant Professor of Psychology H. Shellae Versey, PhD and Emma Ritter ’19 launched a faculty-student research collaboration during the 2018-2019 academic year exploring Communities in Crisis: The impact of disasters on mental health. The research focused on environmental hazardsboth natural and manmadeand the resulting effect on health and displacement among various communities. A COE faculty-student research a grant provided Versey and Ritter the opportunity to conduct research that would not have been otherwise possible.

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farmers market fridays with long lane farm

Just coming up on the solstice, the official start of the season, and summer is already well underway at Wesleyan’s Long Lane Farm. After a busy springtime of sowing seeds and preparing plots, the first vegetables of the season are finally ready to harvest. And the first full harvest of the season means it’s time for of one of my favorite tasks at Long Lane—bringing our delicious produce down to the North End Farmer’s Market! (Photos by Lizzie Edwards)

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beaumont ’19 finalist in global eco-challenge

Shayna Beaumont ’19, an environmental studies and Hispanic literatures and cultures double major from New York, has been selected as a finalist in Map the System, a global competition that asks participants to research the ecosystem of an issue they care about. Beaumont is working on the project with Wesleyan’s Partricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. The competition finals will be held June 7-9, 2019, at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

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