As the impacts of climate change are realized more each year, it becomes increasingly necessary to have ambitious, hopeful, and innovative professionals dedicated to helping mitigate these changes through current and future plans of action. Though climate change and its effects can seem overwhelming, the Climate Action Planning emphasis will equip you with the research, resources and policy development tactics you need to professionally guide both current and future generations toward a sustainable and healthy planet.
Advocate for a sustainable future locally, nationally and globally.
Through a dedication to sustainability and a commitment to positive change, the innovative and impactful Climate Action Planning emphasis teaches you how implement tactics to reduce climate change and its effects both now and in the future. In this program, you’ll start by building a comprehensive foundation of environment and sustainability principles from ecological and political perspectives. You’ll then apply this knowledge to understand the implications of climate change on both major and minor scales, learn how to create and implement policies, advocate for change, and help work toward environmental resilience.
Learn from experience
Through this emphasis, you’ll combine academic research with a variety of field practices to give you both a theoretical and practical understanding of how to implement policies for effective climate action.
Karen Hausdoerffer, MFA
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability, Graduate Writing Workshop Director
Kate Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Director of Undergraduate Environment & Sustainability program, Graduate Faculty in the Master of Environmental Management program, Center for Cold Climate Food Security Director
Matthew Ebbott, M.S.
Senior Lecturer in Recreation & Outdoor Education and Environment & Sustainability, Director of First-Year Seminar Program
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship
The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.
Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2022. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.
For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Apply your education to the real world.
Get hands-on experience, create lasting connections, enhance your knowledge, and prepare yourself for a fulfilling career aimed toward restoring the planet.
- Clubs & Organizations: Join the Organics Guild, Western Solar Society, Equitable Solar Solutions, Sustainability Coalition, or the Wildlife Society.
- Coldharbour Institute: Experiment with sustainable building design, resilient food systems, or community organizing in the Gunnison Valley.
- Conferences: Attend the Headwaters Conference, the Colorado Water Workshop, and Sage Grouse Spring Symposium.
- Earthship Academy: Learn how to construct a self-sustaining building capable of producing food and saving energy.
- High Country News: Check out the independent news source’s new satellite office located in Kelley Hall.
- Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: Find a research assistantship at one of the premier biological research stations in the world.
- Solar Energy International: Engage in the local, regional, or global conversation about the renewable energy era.
A lasting impact
The Climate Action Planning emphasis prepares you to take on a variety of professional roles that will help you make a long-lasting, positive impact on individual communities as well as the planet as a whole.
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