Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Master in Environmental Management

Gain the knowledge, experience and connections you need to land your dream job in renewable energy, food justice, nonprofit management, climate action planning and more

Program Overview

Make a difference in communities around the world.

Through its action-oriented approach to learning, the Sustainable & Resilient Communities (SRC) track will prepare you to work in nonprofit and for-profit management, climate action planning, sustainability consulting, alternative building, environmental education and more. In the Sustainable & Resilient Communities track, you can partner with our faculty in complex, real-world projects, so you can apply your knowledge and expand your leadership skills. Below are examples of some of the organizations and projects you could work with. Our faculty can help you identify and connect with engaging opportunities based on your interests.

Connect and engage

As a student in the Sustainable & Resilient Communities track, you will be able to partner with our faculty in real-world and complex projects which can enhance your learning and leadership opportunities.


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 616 Environmental Organization Development and Management 3 View
ENVS 620 Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities 3 View
ENVS 623 Studies in Environmental Management 1-6 View
ENVS 690 MEM Project Development 5 View


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News & Research

Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

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What Skills Will I Acquire?

Gain invaluable, real-world experience.

An MEM degree will allow you to scope, manage and execute a diverse set of environmental projects at various scales. Your extensive field training and applied experiences through the 600-hour master’s project—which can be completed anywhere in the world—will be relevant for facilitating action-oriented projects globally, including:

  • Project and organizational management
  • The ability to understand and assess community infrastructure systems
  • Cultural dexterity
  • Climate action planning
  • Financial analysis
  • Environmental and social entrepreneurship
  • Life-cycle assessment

Choose your path

Our faculty can help you identify and connect with engaging opportunities tailor-made to your interests – including in renewable energy, food justice, nonprofit and for-profit management, climate action planning, sustainability consulting, alternative building, environmental education and more.


Take advantage of these immersive experiences.

There are many opportunities to work with faculty on projects around Western’s campus and in the Gunnison community, including:

  • Coldharbour Institute: Developing partnerships that empower international communities to address climate change on our 334-acre ranch site.
  • CS2I Lab: Incubating solutions to real-world problems for real partners.
  • Earth Tub: Diverting and composting food waste at Western to use at local farms.
  • Organics Guild: Growing and distributing local food to the community through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
  • Renewable Energy: Promoting and maintaining local renewable energy programs on Western’s campus, including solar and wind efforts.
  • Sustainability Action Committee: Working to strengthen partnerships between Western and local stakeholders in a variety of sustainability initiatives.
  • Sustainability Marketing: Raising public awareness and inspiring action by promoting socially responsible purchasing and changes in consumptive behaviors.

Coldharbour Institute

Coldharbour Institute (CI) is a unique nonprofit closely tied to Western’s Master in Environmental Management program. CI’s mission is to facilitate others’ “doing” for the education, incubation, and demonstration of regenerative living practices. The areas of concentration include agriculture, building, energy production, and wildland management.

Additional Resources


Application Deadlines MEM program May 1: Applications due (application fee waived) May 20: Deposits due Start date for MEM distance summer course June 1 NOTE: For all 3+2 applications, …

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Program Prerequisites

All three tracks (Global Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management and Sustainable and Resilient Communities) requires a B.A. or B.S. degree and the following prerequisites which must be…

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Residential and Distance Options

Globalizing a sense of place The MEM program at Western Colorado University offers a globally informed, place-based, environmental leadership education to its students. The MEM presents a hybrid …

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid Credits Tuition/Credit Fees/Credit* Total Tuition & Fees Year 1 Summer 5 $730.03 $50.40 $3902.15 Fall 9 $730.03 $50.40 $7023.87 Spring 9 $730.03 $50.40 $7, …

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Our Curriculum

Description of the Master in Environmental Management Program Your academic journey begins in an online ENVS 601 summer class through dialog with your faculty mentor considering …

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Community Events

The Headwaters Conference Every fall, Western Colorado University hosts a gathering of scholars, writers, poets, journalists, public officials, community activists, social and natural scientists and …

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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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Fellowship Opportunities in MEM

Fellowship Opportunities in the Master in Environmental Management (MEM) Program Western’s MEM offers a suite of graduate fellowships to reduce tuition, to enhance organizational partnerships, to …

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Peace Corps Fellowship

All RPCV’s who are interested in developing projects in conjunction with organizations abroad may be considered for the Global Sustainability Peace Corps fellowship. The Fellowship comes with up …

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MEM Sponsor/Partner Testimonials

Matt Feier Director of Planning at Crested Butte Mountain Resort “I had the opportunity to work with a group of Western MEM, developing a sustainability proposal for Crested Butte Mountain …

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Sustainability Professionals

According to the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a “…sustainability practitioner [is] a professional who works to advance sustainability in organizations and communities. …

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MEM Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop Tutors Writing Workshop tutors offer assistance at any point in the writing process: brainstorming, outlining, polishing a final draft, or preparing a piece to submit for publication …

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MEM Success Stories

Over 85% of Western MEM students are placed in environmental management careers after graduating. Our curriculum is applied and relevant, providing skills such as managing projects, …

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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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Dean, School of ENVS

John C. Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment & Sustainability

Contact Information


Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230