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.


Woman in the Woods

May 27th, 2021

“I wanted to be a woman in the woods. I ended up in jail.” Dr. Steingraber’s new piece is in the inaugural essay supported by Orion Magazine’s Fund for Women Writers. Read the piece

Commentary: A Farewell to Ithaca College after 18 years

March 3rd, 2021

“I’ll be leaving Ithaca College at the end of this year. I am sorry. I wanted to build a thriving Center for Climate Justice here, but I’m demoralized and aware that the collective intellectual capacity I was counting on is being sacrificed to austerity.” Dr. Steingraber wrote for the Ithacan about her impending departure from the college. Read the article

Plague Inventory

April 15th, 2020

“My neighbors could kill me.

“And I could kill them. We are each other’s potential assassins.

“Therefore, we hail each other from our respective property lines and from our porches when we take turns walking by in single file, getting some sunlight, our daily quota of steps.”

Read Dr. Steingraber’s Letter to America in full, and listen to her reading of the piece, as published on here.

Always Knew I Was Adopted; Just Found Out I’m Gay

July 5th, 2019

“I’m gay. Five letters. Two syllables. Is there another declaration in the English language both smaller and bigger than this one?” Dr. Steingraber published an essay in honor of the second annual LGBTQ STEM Day, on Read the piece

Huge Victory: Natural Gas Storage Plan Halted at Seneca Lake

May 11th, 2017

“Our goal was to showcase the breadth and depth of citizen opposition to gas storage. Accordingly, we sought to make civil disobedience as inclusive as possible for as many people as possible, and, for those whose conscience so led them, as safe as possible.” Steingraber’s EcoWatch column on the news that the methane storage project plan for Seneca Lake had been halted, and the role of the civil disobedience movement in which she took part. Read the article

Lo Que Sabemos y Vimos en la Argentina para Prohibir el Fracking

December 20th, 2016

Steingraber and colleagues make the case for a ban on fracking in Patagonia, Argentina, in the Spanish-language publication, Télam. Read the article

Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson

December 16th, 2016

“Democracy, like the climate itself, has tipping points. If systematically damaged, if pushed beyond recovery, democratic institutions can — like polar sea ice — simply disintegrate.” Steingraber has adapted and updated her keynote address to the Rachel Carson Council’s 75th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration and Colloquium in Washington, DC on November 30, 2016, for Bill Moyers’ website. Read the article

Climate Rally for Bernie Sanders Draws 1,000 Anti-Fracking Activists in Upstate New York

April 10th, 2016

“As a biologist, I am looking for a presidential candidate who can be realistic about this science, which says that we cannot frack our way to climate stability.” Steingraber writes about a Hudson Valley, New York event supporting the Bernie Sanders campaign from an environmental perspective. Includes full text of her own remarks. Read the article

Bill McKibben Arrested + 56 Others in Ongoing Campaign Against Proposed Gas Storage at Seneca Lake

March 7th, 2016

“In a public statement to fellow blockaders, McKibben thanked We Are Seneca Lake for serving as a ‘curtain raiser’ for the larger global movement to break free from fossil fuels that is now unfolding in frontline communities all over the planet.” Steingraber covers the large, peaceful civil disobedience blockade against gas storage on Seneca Lake, that included acclaimed author and founder of Bill McKibben, on Ecowatch. Read the column

Commentary: Clean Power Plan is Neither Clean nor Powerful

March 1st, 2016

“Ratcheting up the Clean Power Plan as the years go by would only take us sideways — or even backwards — in our quest to stabilize the climate system.” Steingraber discusses the shortfalls of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and the alternate direction needed, in The Ithacan. Read the article