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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 Environment and Society. He is the adviser for the registered student organizations, OU Green Week Executive Committee and the Geography and Environmental 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

Dr. Elena Bessarabova

Elena Bessarabova

"Winning Americans' Hearts and Minds in the Climate Change Debate: What Persuasion Theories Can Teach Us" by Dr. Elena Bessarabova, Associate Professor - OU Department of Communication. Friday, September 29, 2017 3:30 p.m., Sarkeys Energy Center, A235. Flyer