The Global Sustainability Track will prepare you for a meaningful career serving nonprofits, businesses and government entities that seek place-based sustainable solutions.
Help cultivate a more socially and environmentally sustainable future.
Western’s MEM students have completed 80,000+ hours of projects on five different continents to create a more just and sustainable future. Just some examples of student projects include: natural resource conflict management; environmentally sustainable urban and rural development; scalable, place-based climate mitigation and adaptation strategies; international conservation biology; and promoting the use of local knowledge in the co-creation of environmental solutions.
Citizens of the world
A group of students installs solar panels in Peru. Global Sustainability students explore societies beyond our borders, help find solutions to global problems and become inspired to make a difference in the world.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
(beyond required Core courses)
Nine credits of (choose any combination with a global theme):
|ENVS 620||Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities||3|
|ENVS 623||Studies in Environmental Management||1-6|
|ENVS 625||Studies in Integrative and Public Land Management||3|
|Masters Project Requirement|
|ENVS 690||MEM Project Development||5|
|ENVS 694||Master's Project and Portfolio 1||9|
Students must take 3 cr of ENVS 694 Master's Project and Portfolio Fall Year 5 and 6 credits of ENVS 694 Master's Project and Portfolio Spring Year 5.
Jonathan Coop, Ph.D.
Professor of Environment and Sustainability, MS in Ecology and Master in Environmental Management
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
Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.
Intermin Dean of Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability, Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Center for Public Lands Director
Micah Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management Director
Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable and Resilient Communities Director
“As an international student, I felt welcomed into the MEM community. I regularly consulted with my accessible professors and fellow students while implementing my graduate project in the Gunnison community with passion, experience and newly gained knowledge.”
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A world of opportunities and partnerships awaits.
The Global Sustainability track is the home of numerous international institutions for social and environmental change. Western’s Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability co-founded the Mountain Resilience Coalition to facilitate the United Nations Mountain Partnerships in the North American, Central American and Caribbean Region. We are also the lead university partner with international sustainability organizations such as Earthship Biotecture Academy, Solar Energy International, Sustainable Development Strategies Group, Eco2librium, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows, Foundation for the Contemplation of Nature and Joint European Master in Environmental Studies. As a Global Sustainability student, you can provide service to these and other organizations in your second-year MEM Project anywhere in the world.
Our students recently attended the United Nations Mountain Partnership meetings in Europe and reported on their project progress to the in Rome, sharing their vision for turning dreams into actions for the world’s mountain communities.
Students help to restore a traditional irrigation ditch, called an acequia, as part of a trip to the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association.
Earn your master’s degree while serving in the Peace Corps.
The MEM has a vibrant community of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers many of whom are Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. We are one of the only programs in the nation where you can receive your master’s degree while doing Peace Corps service. Whether you’re currently in the Peace Corps or interested in joining, we can aid you in getting your graduate degree.
Working for the world
At Western, students can receive their master’s degree while doing Peace Corps service — one of the only such programs in the nation. If you are inspired to make an impact while earning your graduate degree, Western’s Global Sustainability Track may be a great fit for you.