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Geography and Environmental Sustainability


We are a dynamic and growing department located in Norman, Oklahoma, named one of the best small cities in America.

Our mission is to conduct innovative and socially relevant research; to expand students’ intellectual vistas via critical perspectives and valuable tools and skills; and to catalyze sustainable human-natural systems.


Dr. Peppler

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Peppler for winning the SGA Oustanding Faculty Award! Dr. Peppler teaches GEOG 3443 Envrionment and Scoiety. He is the adviser for the regrister student organizations, OU Green Week Executive Committee and the Geography and Envrionmental Sustainability club. Both organizations nominated him for the award due to his hard work of promoting sustainability both on and off campus. Pictured (left to right): Kayla Cook (GES President), Dr. Randy Peppler and Allyson Wiley (Green Week Chair).

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Congratulations to Jeremy Allen, named the second alternate to Outstanding Senior in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences!  Jeremy will graduate with a BA in Environmental Sustainability-Planning & Management with Special Distinction, May 2017.  DOUBLE CONGRATS for Jeremy, who was also selected to represent OU’s Honors College as their Outstanding Senior for 2016-2017.  Jeremy will also complete two additional undergraduate degrees, in Economics and Chinese (he’s completing honors requirements for one of those degrees).

DGES Seminar Series

Toni Klemm

"What Farmers Need - Developing seasonal climate forecasts tailored for winter wheat producers in the U.S. Southern Great Plains" by Toni Klemm, Ph.D. candidate, OU Department of Geography and Envrionmental Sustainability. Friday, May 5, 2017, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.

Dr. Darren Purcell


"Late-Night Humor and the Geospatial Imagination" by Dr. Darren Purcell, OU Department of Geography and Envrionmental Sustainability. Friday, April 28, 2016 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.

Dr. Pushkar K. Pradhan


"Contributions of the Late Dr. Mangal Siddhi Manandhar to Improving University Academic Quality and Politico-socioeconomic Development in Nepal” by Dr. Pushar K. Pradhan, Central Department of Geography Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Friday, March 31, 2016, 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235.