The Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) at The Evergreen State College is an active group of MES students dedicated to addressing academic and social needs of MES students. MESA designs events and services to increase student involvement in campus and community environmental issues.

What Does MESA Do?

Our primary function is hosting the Rachel Carson Forum every spring. We also provide opportunities for students to get involved in the greater Olympia and Thurston County community through restoration projects, work parties and volunteerism. We plan to host movie nights on environmental issues and host fun outings such as hiking trips. We have a small pool of funds available to students to help cover costs of conferences or other education-related expenses.

Why Join MESA?

  • MESA offers support not found in the program or school through supporting student professional development
  • Stay connected with your fellow MES students and the greater surrounding community
  • Student Empowerment: MESA is a professional means of retaining students’ voices and opinions in the larger MES Program
  • Presence on campus: educate Evergreen about MES and local environmental issues
  • Networking opportunities with local organizations & businesses 
  • Resume building capacity: great experience for future careers!
  • This is an organization for you, run by you; our focus is based on your input!

The Rachel Carson Forum

Each year, the Master of Environmental Studies Association (MESA) hosts the annual Rachel Carson Forum in honor of Carson's influential and important environmental research, writings and activism. The Forum invites activists, scientists, writers and speakers to present and engage with the community to promote environmental awareness and discussion. Next Spring 2019, MESA will hold the 30th annual Rachel Carson Forum and welcomes all community members to listen and participate in this event. Next year's theme will be determined by all members of MESA in the Fall of 2018.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

​Rachel Carson was an aquatic biologist whose writings have been highly influential to the environmental movement and the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970). Carson is most well known for her incredible writings on the marine environment and the animals that comprise these ecosystems. Her books Under the Sea-Wind (1941), The Sea Around Us (1951) and The Edge of the Sea (1955), chronicle life in marine habitats and made aquatic science accessible to the public. In 1962, Carson's landmark book, Silent Spring was released and warned of the impacts chemical pesticides, such as DDT, presented to the environment. She challenged the chemical industry for providing the public with false information regarding pesticide use and questioned the concept that human beings could achieve mastery over the natural world. Rachel Carson was a courageous woman who showed us the influence one person can attain with determination and the power of the written word.