Global Sustainability Track

Master in Environmental Management

The Global Sustainability Track will prepare you for a meaningful career serving nonprofits, businesses and government entities that seek place-based sustainable solutions.

Program Overview

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.


Code Title Credits Description
ENVS 601 Introduction to Environmental Management 5 View
ENVS 605 Science of Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 608 Environmental Politics and Policy 3 View
ENVS 611 Integrative Skill in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 612 Quantitative in Environmental Management 3 View
ENVS 615 Science of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation 3 View
ENVS 617 Global Sustainability 3 View
ENVS 690 MEM Project Development 5 View


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News & Research

Western Faculty Work to Preserve Nature with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative

Western Faculty Work to Preserve Nature with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative

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Get Involved

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 School of ENVS 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.

Please watch these videos about our United Nations Mountain Partnership, student opportunities with Earthship Biotecture and Solar Energy International and our class experiences in India.

Mountain Resiliency

Students help to restore a traditional irrigation ditch, called an acequia, as part of a trip to the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association.

Peace Corps

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.

Additional Resources

Center for Mountain Transitions

Empowering students to advance just and sustainable mountain communities, from the Rockies to the world.

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Center for Public Lands

The Center is a hub for cross-boundary land management work and study.

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Center for Cold-Climate Food Security

The School of ENVS seeks funding for the Center for Cold-Climate Food Security to amplify experiential educational opportunities around high-alpine and cold-climate food production, while addressing hunger in the Gunnison Valley.

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ENVS Network

The ENVS Network documents people, organizations, and projects involved with the School of ENVS. Each year, Master in Environment Management students complete a 600 hour project, connecting people and organizations worldwide.

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Dean, School of ENVS

John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability

Contact Information


Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230