Welcome to the website of Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips, Tule Elk Biologist and Researcher
Environmental Science and Wildlife Science Technician (WST) Program Instructor
Facilitator for Planet Earth!
Julie (and her husband Stuart Phillips) are the co-founders of the Phillips Sustainable Living and Green Building Team Center in Felton California - promoting passive solar design, green building and sustainable living concepts for over 30 years - phillipssustainableliving.com and phillipsgreenbuilding.com
Our newest publication in the Wildlife Science Technician (WST) Program, ES Department, De Anza College:
Safe Passage for Coyote Valley: A Wildlife Linkage for the Highway 101 Corridor
Why do we think this historic safe passage document for the Coyote Valley landscape is important?
It is essential to reconnect California's Students with Science and Nature!
It is essential for faculty, students, leadership and the public to work together to design a more sustainable society by protecting landscapes that preserve ecological systems and services including the preservation of native species (and California endemics like tule elk) in this Biodiversity Hotspot called California!
Working together to promote energy efficiency, resource conservation, stewardship of our natural resources and a sustainable society!
Julie Phillips 2012
What is my approach to teaching and learning about nature, the study of ecosystems, wildlife and environmental science?
the landscape and how wildlife move and disperse is as important as
studying the structure of DNA. Reconnecting our students and the public
with the landscape is as important as any subject taught in our
schools, colleges and universities."
Julie Phillips, 2009
energy efficiency, resource conservation and building performance is as
important as any subject taught in our schools, colleges and
Julie Phillips, 2010
"The Endangered Species Act of 1973 acknowledges the rights of species to exist over time. Landscape ecology and the passage of AB 2785 (which amends California Department of Fish & Game Code to identify wildlife corridors in California) acknowledges the rights of species to move over time and we must plan accordingly"
Julie Phillips, 2010
"In the United States, property owners do not own the wildlife living on their lands; wildlife resources are public resources, protected under the Public Trust Doctrine. The government of the people holds these resources in trust for all the people and is obliged to provide protection for these resources." R.T. Wright & D.F. Boorse, Environmental Science, Toward A Sustainable Future 2011
"The Public Trust Doctrine acknowledges the right of the public to advocate and participate in the protection, preservation and restoration of species and the landscape. This oversight role should not be the sole responsibility of resource agencies, private landowners, land trusts, nonprofits and private foundations. We must engage the public and students in these processes as they learn to be good stewards of the land"
Julie Phillips, 2010
Julie Phillips' leadership and partnership efforts over 25 years at De Anza College:
Julie Phillips, Pat Cornely, Al Guevara, Jim Anderson, Darren Bouton, Stu Phillips, Dave Deppen, Scott Gould, Kristin Jensen Sullivan, Steve Murphy and others have been part of the effort to bring green building to the California Community College System for over 15 years. Members of the team have served on various phases of the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies (KCES) green building project (from concept to design to construction to commissioning). The KCES is the lead demonstration building in the California Community College system promoting energy efficiency, resource conservation and stewardship. The KCES opened its doors to students and the public in Fall 2005 and continues to welcome thousands of students, leaders, members of the public and others!
Julie served as the project manager for the Statewide Energy Management Program, SEMP, which is committed to providing low cost, accessible and relevant training in the field of energy management for technicians, managers and the public. Early energy pioneers helping in this effort were Al Guevara and Jim Anderson. SEMP also promotes local and state energy policy to encourage energy efficiency, resource conservation, renewable technologies and sustainability within the California Community College System.
Julie Phillips facilitated the discussions to develop Environmental Studies/Sciences curriculum and program from 1988 to 1993. Julie served as the coordinator/chair of the Environmental Studies Department from 1993 until 1998.Julie became the Morgan Family Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at De Anza College in 1998 and served as the MFF Chair until Fall 2012.
Julie has worked with the ES Team of faculty, staff and students to
institutionalize Environmental Studies (ES) into the De Anza College
Academic and Instructional Program, State Chancellor's Vocational
Program and the California Community College curriculum since 1990.
Julie was proud to be the Chair of the Environmental Studies Building Committee (eventually
to become the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies Committee) from
1992 through 2005. Julie and the ES Team (including Pat Cornely and
Kristin Jensen Sullivan) worked with students (Sarah Doty and Colin
Underwood), staff, leadership, consultants and community members to realize the vision of the first LEED Platinum (USGBC) community college building in the nation. Pat Cornely, the first Executive Director for the Kirsch Center for ES in the history of De Anza College,
led the effort working in partnership with Dave Deppen, Sim Van der Ryn
Architects, Don Aitken, VBN Architects, Arup Energy Engineers, DASSE
and others, to achieve a LEED Platinum certification for the Kirsch
Center. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our green building expert/design architect, Dave Deppen, and energy expert, Dr. Donald Aitken,
the committee and college was able to open "a building that teaches
about energy efficiency, resource conservation, sustainability and
stewardship" in 2005! Through the dedication of many people
including Mike Brandy and Donna Jones Dulin, the Kirsch Center is now
one of the most special places to learn and teach in the world!
My other efforts over 40 years on behalf of nature, ecosystems, wildlife and this great planet: Educational Background: Julie has a M.A. in the Biological Sciences from San Jose State University with a focus on wildlife management. She spent 7 years studying habitat utilization of tule elk, a subspecies of elk endemic to California, in the Mt. Hamilton region of the Diablo Range (including Isabel Valley, San Antonio Reservoir, Coe State Park, San Felipe Ranch and Pacheco Pass) and other areas of California including the Gabilan Range, Temblor Range and throughout the Carrizo Plains. Julie and Stu Phillips continue to study the current tule elk locations (and comparing to established home range data from 30 years ago) to better understand tule elk natural history and the impacts of land use patterns and human disturbance to long-range re-establishment of the tule elk historical range.
Julie has extensive experience in tropical studies and has conducted courses in the tropical forests of Costa Rica for over 10 years. Julie and ES Students worked with the Pele Defense Fund in the 90's to help save the Puna Rainforest (among the last lowland rainforests) on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Julie worked as co-founder (along with Alma Schreiber) of the South Ridge Watershed Association to help save South Ridge in the 90's. Through their efforts and working in partnership with the County of Santa Cruz (including Gary Patton, Fred Keeley and Jonathan Wittwer), CNPS and The Sierra Club, this team of activists permanently protected the largest remaining sand parkland habitat in Felton at Quail Hollow Quarry. One of the rarest plant communities on Earth!
Julie was elected to public office in 1993, serving as a trustee for the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School (SLVUSD), 1993-1997. Julie served 4 years as a school board trustee (including one year as SLVUSD Board President) for the SLV K-12 District. Julie completed a Master's of Boardsmanship from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) in 1997.
Julie has spoken extensively on educational, environmental and sustainability (including green building) topics at national and state conferences on behalf of the Environmental Studies Department including:
CCC League of Innovation Presentation. Wildlife Corridor Technician (WCT) Program and Building Corridors for Students and Wildlife. Foothill-DeAnza. CCD. February, 2011.
Butte College Sustainability Conference. Sustainability and Our 3 Global Challenges. October, 2009.
URMIA (University/College Risk Management) Conference. Benefits of Building Sustainability into Your Organization-Reduce the Risks! March, 2009.
California Community Colleges Green Technology Summit. Sustainability and Sustainable Curriculum in the CCC System. October, 2008.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Volunteer Training Workshop. Sustainability and Wildlife Corridor Protection in the Central Coast Region. September, 2008.
UC Merced Sustainability Conference. Green Building in Schools and Colleges: Working Toward a Sustainable Future. April, 2003.
Julie Phillips' publications, reports and sustainability efforts include the following:
J. Phillips, R. Phillips, N. Srinivasan, D. Aso, W. Lao & P. Cornely. Safe Passage for Coyote Valley: A Wildlife Linkage for the Highway 101 Corridor. De Anza College. 2012..
R. Phillips, T. Diamond, J. Phillips, P. Cornely, V. Jennings and L. Morton. Coyote Valley Wildlife Corridor Monitoring Program 2008 Annual Report. De Anza College Wildlife Corridor Stewardship Team. 2009.
J. Phillips. College in the Coyote Valley Would Put Wildlife At Risk. Special Editorial to the San Jose Mercury. 2009.
J. Phillips. Coyote Valley Specific Plan's Draft EIR Comments. Submitted to the City of San Jose Development Services. 2007.
D. Aitken and J. Phillips. The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies - A 17 Year Odyssey from Campus Vision to Architectural Fulfillment. American Solar Energy Society (ASES). 2006.
J. Phillips, S. Barnes, B. Benson, P. Cornely and Kristin Jensen Sullivan. Energy Training Handbook: Training Recommendations for California and the California Community College System. Statewide Energy Management Program (SEMP) in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community College System. 2002.
J. Phillips, S. Barnes, B. Benson, P. Cornely and Kristin Jensen Sullivan. Energy Policy Handbook: Policy Recommendations for California and the California Community College System. Statewide Energy Management Program (SEMP) in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community College System. 2002
J. Phillips and M. Kutilek. Pozo Tule Elk Subherds in San Luis Obispo County, California. Final Report to California Department of Fish & Game, 1988.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and R. Duke. San Antonio Tule Elk Herd Monitoring Project Final Report. 1987.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and R. Duke. San Antonio Tule Elk Herd Monitoring Project Final Report. 1986.
J. Phillips. Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Diablo Range, California. Master's Thesis. Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University. (Also report to California Department of Fish & Game). 1985.
J. Phillips and M. Kutilek. Habitat Utilization and Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Mount Hamilton Region of the Diablo Range, California. TWS Technical Session No. 2: Emphasis Species Research and Management. The Wildlife Society (Western Section). Fifteenth Annual Joint Conference. Sacramento, California. 1984.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and J. Shreve. Habitat Utilization and Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Central Diablo Range of California (abstract only) and presentation. Proceedings and Conference of The Western States Elk Workshop, Flagstaff, Arizona. 1982.
Most importantly, Julie lives with her husband, Stuart Phillips, in Felton, California. Stu (Passive Solar Expert and General Contractor) and Julie are co-founders of the Phillips Green Building/Sustainable Living Center (phillipsgreenbuilding.com) which is focused on educating others about the benefits of sustainability, passive solar design, designing with nature and sustainable living practices.