CSU, Chico News

Cartographers Provide Maps for Statewide Environmental Curriculum

Date: 11-29-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s outstanding reputation and unmatched capabilities in cartography garnered a grant to the Department of Geography and Planning. Faculty Eugenie Rovai and Steve Stewart were awarded $50,000 in March 2010 to contribute high-quality maps to a new California environmentally-focused curriculum. The funds paid for the work of two student cartographers, undergraduate Sarah Bergquist and graduate Sylvia Cares.

Bergquist and Cares produced most of the 64 maps required for the curriculum, which ranged from the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent to historical U.S. maps and world maps on climate and currents. There were also localized maps on species distribution and even a poster-sized map on China.

The maps are part of the State Education and Environmental Roundtable’s (SEER’s) Education and Environmental Initiative (EEI). SEER is the recipient of an award from the California Integrated Waste Management Board to complete the production of 85 EEI teaching units for K–12 environmental literacy curriculum.

The curriculum includes lessons on wetlands and coastal ecosystems, water pollution and pollution prevention, soil contamination, toxic and hazardous waste management, recycling and energy conservation. It also includes supplemental learning aids like the maps, which is where Rovai and Stewart’s expertise in cartography had set them and CSU, Chico’s geography and planning department apart from other contenders for this contract.

For more information on the project, contact Rovai at 530-898-6091.