Sustainability and Environmental Studies

Richard Olson

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) 

Goldthwaite, Room 305A
CPO 1921

Fall 2014
Office Hours:

Tuesday and Friday, 1-3 pm

Class Schedule:
ANR/SENS 386 RO (Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:20 am – 10:30 am)
APS/SENS 215 (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)

Phone: 859-985-3593
Fax: 859-985-3698

E-Mail: olsonr@berea.edu

At Berea College since Fall 1999

Degrees

  • B.A., Biology, Dartmouth College, 1973
  • M.A., Botany, University of North Carolina, 1975
  • Ph.D., Agronomy, University of Nebraska, 1998

Courses

  • Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Studies
  • Sustainable Appalachian Communities
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ecological Design
  • Aquaponics
  • Ecological Household
  • Issues in Contemporary Society: Collapse

Special Interests

  • Chair of the Board, Sustainable Berea (www.sustainableberea.org).
    A 501c3 organization with approximately 300 members and projects including the Resilient Household, the Edible Yard, Berea Solar Tour, the Neighborhood Food Feasts – a citywide conversation regarding “How can Berea feed itself?” – and Transition Town Berea (www.transitionus.org).
  • Member of the Board, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harlan County, KY.
  • Member of the Board, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Yellowsprings, Ohio.
  • Commissioner, Berea City Planning Commission.

Papers and Publications

  • Olson, R. 2011. “Transition Towns – Remarks at the 2011 Whippoorwill Reskilling Festival, Berea KY.” Available at http://sustainableberea.org/2011/06/30/sb-chair-speaks-at-whippoorwill-reskilling-festival/.
  • Olson, R. 2009. “Building resilience.” Sustain (Spring/Summer): 6-11.
  • Olson, R. 2007. Plan C for BC. “The Sustainable Campus 3(3):1-18.” Available at http://www.berea.edu/sens/sustainablecampus/documents/Summer-07.pdf.
  • Carter, H., C. Francis and R. Olson. 2006. “Design and Implementation of Regional Training Workshops for Sustainable Agriculture.” Chapter 8 in C. Francis, G. Bird, and R. Poincelot (eds), Developing and Extending Sustainable Agriculture: A New Social Contract. Haworth Press, Binghamton, NY.
  • Olson, R. 2005. “Restoring God’s clear water.” PRC Update 2(3):4
  • Olson, R. 2004. “Balancing our ecological budget: Equity and the sustainable campus.” Heartstone 5(1): 47-52.
  • Cain, C., and R. Olson. 2003. “Spiritual greening: Melding Christianity, ecology, and sustainability in the college curriculum.” Proceedings of the Greening the Campus V Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, September 18-20, 2003. CD-ROM version.
  • Oldham, C., and R. Olson. 2003. “Paying for the green dream: Fund-raising lessons from Berea College’s Ecovillage.” Proceedings of the Greening the Campus V Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, September 18-20, 2003. CD-ROM version.
  • Olson, R. 2003. “Designing the Berea College Ecovillage: Process and results.” Proceedings of the Greening the Campus V Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, September 18-20, 2003. CD-ROM version.
  • Olson, R.K., M.M. Schoeneberger, and S.G. Aschmann. 2000. “An ecological foundation for temperate agroforestry.” pp. 31-61. In: H.E. Garrett, W.J. Rietveld, and R.F. Fisher (eds). North American Agroforestry: An Integrated Science and Practice. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI.
  • Olson RK, Olson AH (1999) “Farmland loss in America.” pp. 15-51. In RK Olson, TA Lyson (eds) Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
  • Olson RK (1999) “A Landscape Perspective on Farmland Conversion.” pp. 53-95. In RK Olson, TA Lyson (eds) Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
  • Olson RK, Olson AH, Lyson TA (1999) “A National Policy for Farmland Preservation.” pp. 247-268. In RK Olson, TA Lyson (eds) Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
  • Olson, RK (1998) “Procedures for Evaluating Alternative Farming Systems: A Case Study for Eastern Nebraska. Extension and Education Materials for Sustainable Agriculture.” Volume 8. Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 310 pp, (Ph.D. Dissertation).
  • Olson RK (1995) “Diversity in agricultural landscapes.” pp. 121-160. In RK Olson, CA Francis, S Kaffka (eds) Exploring the Role of Diversity in Sustainable Agriculture. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI.
  • Olson RK, Francis CA (1995) “A hierarchical framework for evaluating diversity in agroecosystems.” pp. 5-34. In RK Olson, CA Francis, S Kaffka (eds) Exploring the Role of Diversity in Sustainable Agriculture. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI.
  • Olson RK (1992) “Integrating sustainable agriculture, ecology, and environmental policy.” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 2(3): 1-7.
  • Olson RK (1992) “The future context of sustainable agriculture: Planning for uncertainty.” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 2(3): 9-20.
  • Olson RK (1992) “Evaluating the role of created and natural wetlands in controlling nonpoint source pollution.” Ecological Engineering 1(1/2):xi-xv
  • Olson RK (1992) “Chapter 1 – Physiography and forest types.” pp. 7-40. In RK Olson, D Binkley, M Böhm (eds) The Response of Western Forests to Air Pollution. Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Olson RK, Peterson DL, Böhm M (1992) “Chapter 13 – Summary, projections, and recommendations.” pp. 501-521. In RK Olson, D Binkley, M Böhm (eds) The Response of Western Forests to Air Pollution. Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Olson RK (1991) “Conference on ecology, sustainable agriculture, and EPA.” American Journal of Alternative Agriculture 6(2):96, 104
  • Olson RK, Reiners WA, Lovett GM (1985) “Trajectory analysis of forest canopy effects on chemical flux in throughfall.” Biogeochemistry 1:361-373.
  • Olson RK, Reiners WA (1983) “Nitrification in subalpine balsam fir soils: Tests for inhibitory factors.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry 15:413-418.
  • Olson RK, Reiners WA, Cronan CS, Lang GE (1981) “The chemistry and flux of throughfall and stemflow in subalpine balsam fir forests.” Holarctic Ecology 4:291-300.

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