About Me

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise. - Aldo Leopold


Jana Sandersis an Instructor of Environmental Studies at De Anza College. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains she has cultivated a passion for the natural world and environmental activism. She holds a Masters in International Environmental Policy with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA from San Diego State University in International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in Environmental Security. Through her work in environmental policy and advocacy she has led the fight for sustainable city building in San Diego with Save Our Forest and Ranchlands, a watchdog group committed to defending the San Diego backcountry against urban sprawl. Today she continues this effort by serving as Secretary of the Board and Environmental Advocate for the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the plants, animals and other natural resources of the Southern California Mountains. 

She joined the Environmental Studies team at De Anza College in 2009. In addition to teaching, she works with the Coyote Valley Landscape Institute to identify, study, and protect the critical wildlife linkages in the Central Coast Region. Jana's passion for the environment extends to inspiring other young people to get involved in local environmental issues.

Classes I Teach

Spring 2019

46289ES 168ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
45995ESCI 167ZEnvironmental Science
46288ESCI 168ZEnvironmental Science

Winter 2019

35699ESCI 167ZEnvironmental Science

Course Syllabi

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