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Classy Classes: EARTHSYS 200 gives out eco-friendly advice

EARTHSYS 200: “Sustaining Action: Research, Analysis, and Writing for the Public” provides a unique writing opportunity for students, publishing their work in Sound Advice for a Green Earth (SAGE), an eco-advice column published in the Stanford Alumni Magazine.

The course fulfills the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement for the Earth Systems major. Students choose two questions submitted to SAGE and parse through research in search of answers, but the focus of the course is on conveying scientific information to a public audience. Class sessions feature lectures and workshops on writing skills, peer-review of writing assignments and occasional visits from guest speakers skilled in science journalism.