Volume 3, Issue 1 | Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2020
Dean's Note: Prioritizing remote learning, racial justice and equity
env interim dean lauren weiss bricker
It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2020-21 Academic Year for the College of Environmental Design.

The pandemic has forced us into a period of social, economic and psychological disruption, that is more familiar from historical literature than first-hand experience. I'd like to think that today we are living through a catalytic period that will lead us to discover creative responses to the challenges we are facing. The shape of cities, the opportunities for community engagement, new forms of artistic expression these are all real opportunities for today.

Our students are expecting their education to respond to contemporary demands for change. Even before the protests sparked by George Floyd's death, ENV was already in the midst of ongoing efforts to support our shared desire for racial justice and equity. Cal Poly Pomona is better positioned than many institutions to respond to these demands a commitment to diversity is at the heart of our culture. But, as it true of our disciplines, we need to deliberately commit to a diversity that is more fully inclusive.

These dual initiatives remote learning and a commitment to diversity and racial justice are likely to be among the leading issues for ENV during this academic year.
cal poly pomona updates
Most classes and services are remote/virtual in the fall term.

  • Update your contact information on BroncoDirect to receive important campus updates.

  • Fall 2020 is predominantly virtual, but students planning to be on campus (student residents and student workers) must take the following precautions as part of protocol.

  • Follow CPP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@calpolypomona).
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Find more updates in the College of Environmental Design's news section.

  • Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 89 and 209 are closed and locked until further notice. Studios and classrooms should not be accessed at this time.

  • Faculty and staff who need to access ENV offices must first complete mandated training and notify the Dean's Office and University Police before coming to campus.

  • Follow ENV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (@cppenv). Find the ENV Student Success Advising Center, @cpp_envadvising.
in session | classes open to env majors
Adafruit Feather M0+ Adalogger

Measuring, Monitoring, and Making – Environmental Sensing for Smart Cities and Sustainability (LA 4782) | Instructor: Barry Lehrman, blehrman@cpp.edu
This project-based seminar explores the emerging practices of environmental sensing for landscape performance to establish smart landscapes for sustainability and well-being. Topics include a critical review of SITES and other performance metric rating systems, case studies of smart city/landscape sensor networks, and an introduction to physical computing. Term project will be creating a custom environmental data logger to deploy outside your window. No prior electronics or coding experience required.

This fall, students have exclusive access to the SPICE Physical Computing Discovery Collection, which features 350+ types of analog and digital sensors, networking/signal processing boards, actuators, displays, and other components for students to try. Each will be loaned a Physical Computing Discovery Kit (shipped via the Bronco Bookstore) featuring an Adafruit Feather M0+ Adalogger microcontroller, plus a curated selection of components, sensors, and tools to get started (just supply your own micro SD card).
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Unearthing History: Food and the Land, the Past is Key to the Future (LA 4782) | Instructor: Sam Harris, sjharris@cpp.edu
Food is freedom and food-based land use traditions, including farming, tie us culturally and intricately to the land. This course proposes that better research, understanding, and communication of the multicultural global history of food-based land use traditions is needed to inform a more ecological and equitable future. Through a combination of research, documentation and experimental, dialogue-based classwork, the course collective team will inquire, analyze and imagine global relationships to food and the land past, present and future. 

This is a crucial time for landscape architects to better understand and be able to the communicate the interconnected nature of the issues ripped from the headlines, from the COVID-19 crisis to climate change, to systemic racial and gender-based injustice and inequities in order to more clearly tie them back to the land. In this case, in regard to food insecurity, land equity and health issues.
Mark Bradford envisions a kind of map referencing the urban sprawl of Los Angeles
JusticeSCAPE (LA 4990) | Instructor: Nina Briggs, nmbriggs@cpp.edu
All ENV majors are invited to center their attention on social justice, examining and dismantling systemic canons founded on Eurocentric, white supremacy, and work to create a genuinely accessible public realm. 

Through discourse, narrative and "making" assignments — research papers, debates, systems mapping, experiential prose and graphically collaged stories — students will speak truth to power, ask difficult questions and assert their inherent worth as global citizens and designers. Students will also craft a digital children's book to contextualize and illustrate landscapes devoid of erasure, marginalization, assimilation, homogenization, colonization and dehumanization. (Read the FAQ and FSS)

General Education (GE) courses
  • LA 1771 Reading and Representing Landscape (Fulfills GE Area E)
  • LA 2261 Landscape Architecture History I (Fulfills GE Area C1)
  • LA 2271 Landscape Architecture History II (Fulfills GE Area C1)
  • LA 2771 Intro to ENV Theory (Fulfills GE Area C2)

Climate scientists, regenerative designers, architects, geographers, cultural anthropologists, engineers and artists — the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies draws and unites experts across all disciplines. Hear some of their stories in Center's ongoing short-video series highlighting faculty and their classes.
Nathan Walworth, Ph.D. and Karelaine Walworth | RS 5200 (Nature as a Model)
Beth Ann Morrison Falstad, Ph.D. | RS 3030 (Organization for Regenerative Practices)
Travis Falstad | RS 4990-2 (Illuminating Practices Through Alternate Realities)
This fall, the Center is offering introductory and upper-level division GE courses open to all Cal Poly Pomona majors. Undergraduate students interested in sustainability-related careers in design, social sciences and STEM fields can take advantage of the regenerative studies minor — up to 12 units that apply towards the 18-unit program also satisfy the university's GE requirements. View the Lyle Center's offerings here.
tech | design + productivity
cpp virtual labs
Students and faculty can get access to many software applications installed in campus computer labs. See the list of available programs here.
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As an alternative to the Virtual Software Lab, students can download AutoDesk products like AutoCAD and Revit, ArcMap GIS, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.
broncobookstore laptop program
Cal Poly Pomona and Dell have partnered to offer a exclusive laptop program (two- and four-year payment plans) for students.
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Students in need of a loaner laptop or hotspot, or an extension to their summer tech loans can apply through the Office of Student Success. You can also see if you qualify for low-cost or free internet service.
Got an excited pet who needs your attention...in the middle of a class lecture? Watch this quick video on Zoom dos and don'ts for successful virtual interactions.
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id | student life
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img | stories in pictures
TAKE A VIRTUAL WALK around the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, the former family residence of Austrian-American modernist architect Richard Neutra. The home, designated a National Historic Landmark is managed by the College of Environmental Design.
2d3d+ is a competitive exhibition featuring fine art and visual communication design work by students at all academic levels.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 show was postponed to Spring 2021. Until then, the exhibition will be hosted as a virtual exhibition a first in the Department of Art's history.
PLANT ECOLOGY & DESIGN 2020. Landscape architecture lecturers Michael Todoran and Kat Superfisky used drones, stabilized video and chest-mounted cameras to film and narrated POV video walkthroughs for their students this term.
opportunities | your professional development
building your financial house
Building Your Financial House | Sept. 2
Learn the fundamentals of money management in this workshop hosted by the African American Student Center. Register here.
rock your resume workshop
Rock Your Resume! | Sept. 3
Learn how to develop an effective resume from scratch; format your resume intentionally, utilize appropriate industry buzzwords, and avoid common resume myths.
Hosted by the Career Center, this workshop is for everyone, from those writing their first resume to those seeking to update an already great resume. The workshop will also briefly address cover letter writing. Register here.
nsf corp fall 2020
NSF I-Corps | Application deadline: Sept. 21
Join a free two-day virtual institute on Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 where participants work together to translate their research, products, start-ups, technology, or ideas into the marketplace. Plus, learn how to qualify to apply to the NSF National Innovation Network Team Program with up to $50,000 in funding. The deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 21. Find more info here
alumni | designing the future
sam cabrera
Sam Cabrera ('12, graphic design) has been elected president of the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA, where she previously served as vice president on the Executive Team and as a member of the Advisory Board and the Event Programming Committee. She received the AIGA Student Merit Award in her senior year at Cal Poly Pomona.

Cabrera is Associate Director of UX at AMP Agency, a national digital marketing agency headquartered in Boston, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and New York City.
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Jaime Espinoza ('15, urban and regional planning) led the effort to create Los Angeles City Planning's first-ever Spanish Translation Style Guide to help in engaging with the city's Spanish-speaking communities.

Espinoza is a Community Liaison in the External Affairs Division. He is the primary point of contact for general planning and land use questions in the city's Central and East geographies. Read his official staff biography (jump to Page 31).
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Jason Selwitz ('07, regenerative studies) is teaching RS 5300 (Regenerative Technology and Policy) this semester at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

Selwitz is the Dean of Applied Technology at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash., where he seeks to integrate climate science content along with adaptation and mitigation policy and technology into the curricula. For eight years, he worked at Walla Walla Community College to develop, teach and manage a green-collar training program for mechanical-electrical technicians and operators focused on wastewater, water treatment, renewable energy, advanced bio-energy, and processing systems (forest, agriculture, food and chemical).
ON THE GRID is produced by the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona.
Art for the masthead was designed by Maribel Ruiz ('22, architecture).
Send your news, announcements and upcoming (virtual) events to env@cpp.edu.