Four Decades of Environmental Activism

“MIT helped me in so many ways,” says Steven Lewis Yaffee (PhD '79), who taught MIT’s first undergrad course in environmental issues as a PhD student. “I learned how to best reach my audience in the classroom,” he says. “DUSP also taught me decision-making dynamics and processes. And last but certainly not least, it was at MIT where I met the love of my life and my closest colleague, Julia Wondolleck.” Yaffee and Wondolleck (MCP ’80, PhD ’83) overlapped at DUSP for two years and married in the MIT chapel in 1983. She recently retired after 38 years of teaching at the University of Michigan.

Read more about Yaffee and Wondolleck's legacy of impact via Ken Shulman's MIT Technology Review Alumni Profile.