Rocky Rohwedder

Emeritus Professor, Environmental Studies and Planning
Ph.D. Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 1987
M.S. Resource Policy and Management, University of Michigan, 1979
B.A. Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 1976

Academic and Professional Interests:

Dr. Rohwedder taught in ENSP for over three decades, served twice as Department Chair, and is now Professor Emeritus. His current research focuses on topics which are addressed in his latest book, “Ecological Handprints: Breakthrough Innovations in the Developing World” ( In support of this book effort, over the last decade he has taught and conducted field research in over 40 countries as a faculty member on seven voyages of Semester at Sea. Aboard ship he taught courses for the University of Virginia's schools of architecture, education, planning, and engineering. He is a keynote speaker at numerous professional conferences and has served as an educational consultant for many worthwhile organizations, including the World Resources Institute, World Television News (now part of Associated Press), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Peace Corps, the President's Council on Sustainable Development, the Energy Foundation, and the California Department of Education. He was the lead consultant and trainer for the first group of Peace Corps volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Union (Baltic nations), a facilitator in the Middle East Peace Process (Amman, Jordan), and a Visiting Scholar at the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand). Dr. Rohwedder was the first faculty Director of the Fairfield Osborn Preserve and co-founder of the Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University. He is currently a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication, the Advisor Board of the Lexicon of Sustainability, and the Education Caucus of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development.

Course Offerings:

  • ENSP 305L - Computer-Aided Communications
  • GEP 373 - Energy, Technology and Society
  • ENSP 345 - Portfolio Development and Review
  • GEP 366 - Planning for Sustainable Communities
  • ENSP 440 - Education and the Environment
  • ENSP 442 - Methods and Models in Environmental Education
  • ENSP 444 - Outdoor Leadership
  • UNIV 102 - Freshman Interest Group: Leadership

Selected Publications:

"Pedagogy of Place: The Environmental Technology Center at Sonoma State University" in Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: Problematics, Promise and Practice, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004.

"Environmental Education Goes High Tech," Human Nature, Agency for International Development, July 2000. 2 pgs.

"Ecocultural Tourism" in What Works: A Guide to Environmental Education and Communication Projects for Practitioners and Donors, Edited by Martha Monroe, New Society Publishers, 1999.

"Pedagogy of Place: What Our Campuses Teach," Symposium on Academic Planning in College and University Environmental Programs, North American Association for Environmental Education, 1998. 12 pgs.

"Using Computer in Environmental Education: Interactive Multimedia and On-line Learning," EE Toolbox Unit, National Consortium for Environmental Education, October 1994, 85 pgs.