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

Winter 2020

36249ES 169ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
35699ESCI 167ZEnvironmental Science
36272ESCI 169ZEnvironmental Science

Fall 2019

24224ES 5662ZIntroduction to Environmental Health
24959ESCI 167ZEnvironmental Science

Course Syllabi

Faculty Info

Jana Sanders

Jana Sanders

Environmental Studies



KC 213


  • B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Security and Conflict Resolution and Spanish, San Diego State University, 2006
  • M.A. International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2012

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Through email

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