Policy Memo: Reorganization of Federal Support Necessary for Proper Wildfire Mitigation

Memorandum To: Senator Richard Burr From: Olivia Stanley and Ned Morrissett Subject: Wildfire Disaster Planning and Management Reorganization of Federal Support Necessary for Proper Wildfire Mitigation An irresponsible camper leaves a fire unattended in a California forest. The wind picks up and suddenly that small camp fire becomes the tiny spark needed to set the …

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About Olivia Stanley

My name is Olivia Stanley and I’m from Roanoke, Virginia. I’m an environmental studies and philosophy major in the class of 2020 at Davidson College. At Davidson, I am also a member of the varsity women’s swim team and Warner Hall. I’m especially interested in ecosystem conservation and sustainability and I hope to one day be involved in environmental law.

Literature Review for Sea Turtle Policy Memo

Literary Review Each summer, there are about 20,000 homes rented in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The actions and inactions of these seasonal beachgoers have a significant impact on the local beachfront ecosystems. Their simple act of turning on lights at Read more…

Sea Turtle Hatchling Conservation in North Carolina

To: Secretary Michael S. Regan of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality From: Re: Sea Turtles in Cape Hatteras Date: April 23, 2018 MEMORANDUM It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive into adulthood[i]. These Read more…

Policy Memo

To: Representative Jason Chaffetz From: Jack Kennedy Subject: Utilizing Federal Lands in the West Date: April 23, 2018   Background and Introduction Since the American Revolution federal land ownership has been a prominent disputed issue.[i] Considering roughly 28% of the land area in the United States is owned by the federal government, it logically follows …

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Policy Memo: Cape Hatteras Sea Turtles

MEMORANDUM It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive into adulthood. These dismal chances of survival for a baby turtle are largely due to human activity; artificial light on the waterfront, neglected beach equipment, and other disturbances to the shoreline all play a part in preventing turtle hatchlings from reaching […]

Reducing Food Waste at Davidson College

MEMORANDUM TO: Ms. Dee Phillips FROM: Sean Caveney and Julia Sirvinskas RE: Reducing Food Waste at Davidson College DATE: April 22, 2018 IMPORTANCE OF REDUCING FOOD WASTE As the population of the United States continues to grow and consumption levels rise, food waste has become an increasingly pressing environmental, economic, and social issue.[1] The U.S. […]

Policy Memo on Pollution in the Ohio River Valley

Memorandum To: Michael Doyle Jr., Mike Kelly, Glenn Thompson, Bill Shuster, Keith Rothfus, Conor Lamb From: Artem Khrapko, Jake Perron & Sam Messick Re: Ohio River Valley Water Pollution Date: 04/22/2018 Summary:         Blaine Martin, a new resident… Read More

About Artem Khrapko

I am an economics major at Davidson College and have an interest in pursuing environmental policy research and law.

Policy Memo: Municipal Composting in the Town of Davidson

To: Doug Wright and Jesse Bouk, The Town of Davidson Public Works Department From: Dodi Allocca and Anna Ramgren             Imagine the 92,542-seat Rose Bowl stadium as a giant serving bowl. Now imagine it filled to the brim with food—tomatoes, pork chops, milk, all kinds of edibles. Finally, imagine all that food being trucked straight […]

About Anna Ramgren

I am a Junior biology major at Davidson College, however, I call Maine home. I became interested in Environmental Politics while studying abroad in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Policy Memo: Single Use Plastic Bag Ban at Davidson College

TO:                 Carol Quillen, President of Davidson College FROM:           Janelle Dadul & Charlotte Smith, students   SUBJECT:      Reducing the college’s plastic waste   DATE:               3/26/18   Plastic waste is a problem that just isn’t going away.  At least, not anytime soon. Physically, all of […]

Literature Review: Plastic Bags and Planning the Protection of our Seas

In 1915, the poet Margaret Postgate Cole wrote about brown leaves and a wind that “whirled them whistling to the sky” (Cole, 1915). Just less than a century later, the pop artist Katy Perry envisions another object caught in the wind. In her song, “Firework,” Perry croons, “do you ever feel like a plastic bag, […]