M.A. in Sustainability

Program Faculty

Dr. Amanda Baugh, Program Director

Dr. Amanda BaughDr. Baugh is the Director of the MA Program in Sustainability, Professor and Associate Chair of Religious Studies, and Director of CSUN’s Program in Civic and Community Engagement. As an interdisciplinary scholar of religious studies and the environmental humanities, she specializes in the study of religion, race, and environmental values among diverse American groups. Her community-based research has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. At CSUN, Baugh has worked in Faculty Development to support faculty research and writing. Beyond the university she has held leadership positions with the International Society of Religion, Nature, and Culture and the American Academy of Religion. Baugh is the author of God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White and Falling in Love with Nature: The Values of Latinx Catholic Environmentalism (forthcoming with NYU Press in 2024).


Dr. Helen Cox

Dr. Helen CoxDr. Cox is the Manager of the Sustainability Division in the City of Thousand Oaks. In this role, her responsibilities include developing a climate action plan for the city, bringing in more solar, developing an organics recycling program across the city, and negotiating Community Choice Aggregation, a state policy that enables local governments to obtain alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services. Previously, Dr. Cox served as Director of the Institute for Sustainability for seven years and as a faculty member in the Geography department for 16 years. Under Dr. Cox’s leadership, campus sustainability best practices are shared through a number programs including Green Core Working Groups, water, energy and solar workshops, campus-wide events such as Water Day and Sustainability Day, and student and employee orientations. Dr. Cox’s efforts to focus campus attention on climate change and sustainability led to the development of the Institute for Sustainability. She worked with a university-wide committee to create a sustainability minor, a General Education Path in Sustainability Principles, and an Interdisciplinary Studies degree track in Sustainability.

Dr. Loraine Lundquist

Dr. Loraine LundquistDr. Loraine Lundquist is a physicist, educator, and activist. Her research has ranged from solar magnetic activity to science education. Prior to coming to CSUN, she was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the National Research Council. On campus, she is an active member of the Green Core sustainability team. She also enjoys biking, parenting, and promoting carbon-fee-and-dividend legislation.

Shana Bonstin

Shana BonstinShana M.M. Bonstin is the Deputy Director for Los Angeles City Planning’s Community Planning Bureau. In this role, Shana oversees the Bureau’s ambitious work program, which includes updates to all of the City’s 35 Community Plans and targeted geographic policy initiatives at the neighborhood and community level. She also is the Deputy Director for the Operations and Engagement Bureau, and in this role oversees City Plannings Administrative, Personnel, Budget, Communications, Training, Data and Technology efforts serving the Department. Shana’s career began in the environmental nonprofit sector in the Bay Area. Since she joined City Planning in 2001, her responsibilities have included a broad range of assignments in project development review and advancing policy. She is interested in urban design, sustainability, and process improvement. She is the Department's Chief Sustainability Officer.

Dr. Regan Maas

Dr. Regan Maas

Dr. Maas is Chair of CSUN’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies a faculty member in the Sustainability MA program. Her research examines disadvantaged communities, neighborhood dynamics, and social connectivity and resilience. Her recent chapter, “Urban Resilience: Neighborhood Complexity and the Importance of Social Connectivity (Steinberg & Steinberg, Eds, 2021) addresses the various ways in which neighborhoods and social environments can be modeled using geospatial technology. Dr. Maas has also been engaged in the modeling of Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) for various projects, including in the LA-Ventura County region as a part of the CSU WRPI DACIP project and its aim to address the water-related needs of local communities.

Dr. Amalie Orme

Dr. Amalie OrmeAmalie Orme

Office Location: Sierra Hall, Room 130-G
Email: amalie.orme@csun.edu
Office Phone: (818) 677-3864

Courses taught: Geomorphology, Fluvial Geomorphology, Field Techniques in Physical Geography, California Geography, Field: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Research Interests: Fluvial processes in mountain streams, Geomorphic processes in montane meadows (eastern California), Applications of drone mapping to environmental change, Late Quaternary climate change