a selection of published papers, essays, and other short works


Sandra’s collected EcoWatch columns are here.

Sandra’s Orion Magazine pieces are here.

Sandra’s Huffington Post articles are here.


Why I’m Donating My Heinz Award Money to the Fight Against Fracking

September 15th, 2011

Steingraber announces her intent to devote her Heinz Award to the fight against hydrofracking in upstate New York. Read the article

Despair Not

May 25th, 2011

“We must confront ‘well-informed futility syndrome’ to overcome our fossil fuel addiction,” Steingraber writes in In These Times. Read the full article

When Cowboys Cry

May 15th, 2011

“LAST NOVEMBER, at the annual meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council, which took place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Montana, I watched a cowboy cry.” Read the ORION article

Mind Games

March 15th, 2011

“WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I SET OUT to find a nursery school for our daughter, Faith, nearly ten years ago we took the decision seriously. I looked at large parent-run cooperatives and visited small home-based operations. Jeff studied the pink towers and chiming bells at the Montessori school on the hill and considered the wonder balls and wooden fairies at the Waldorf school in the valley. In the end, we chose a nursery school that operated out of a community center close to home. There was a frog pond out front and a play structure out back. The trees were full of chickadees and nuthatches. We had weighed many considerations in the decision-making process, and we all, Faith included, were happy about it.” Read the ORION article

Fracking Democracy

January 15th, 2011

“THE EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Public Informational Meeting was probably the strangest exhibition of performance art ever to grace the stage of the Broome County Forum Theater in Binghamton, New York.” Read the ORION article

Growing Old Has Been My Life’s Work

November 23rd, 2010

“Understanding the public story of cancer became my life’s work as a biologist,” Steingraber writes in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Read the article

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

September 15th, 2010

“I HAVE COME to believe that extracting natural gas from shale using the newish technique called hydrofracking is the environmental issue of our time. And I think you should, too.” Read the ORION article

Shale Game

May 15th, 2010

“WHEN I MOVED MY FAMILY FROM a cabin in the woods outside of Ithaca, New York, into a house in a nearby village, it felt like a faith healing. I could walk again. A sidewalk stretched from my door out to a craggy maple tree and then connected with another sidewalk that headed down the block toward Main Street. Here was a track, upon which the wheels of a double stroller could roll, that linked me to coffee, library books, postage stamps, hardware displays, bank tellers, and a bus line. Hallelujah.” Read the ORION article

Guidelines for Writing Scientific Papers

March 14th, 2010

This appendix for the manual Honors Organismal Biology Laboratory was written principally by Sandra Steingraber in 1985. Read the appendix

Ecological Inheritance

November 15th, 2009

“FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS in the early 1990s, I taught a seminar on Charles Darwin to nonscience majors at an urban community college. We read Darwin’s writings closely—often out loud to each other—along with commentary by scholars. We looked at the evidence that Darwin amassed for his theory of natural selection, and we looked at the evidence amassed in subsequent years.” Read the ORION article