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
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.
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.
All Biology majors require the 26-credit Biology Nucleus.
|BIOL 150||Biological Principles (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)||4|
|BIOL 151||Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)||4|
|BIOL 301||General Ecology||3|
|BIOL 310||Cell Biology||3|
|BIOL 312||Genetics (with recitation)||4|
|CHEM 111||General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)||3|
|CHEM 112||General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1)||1|
|CHEM 113||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 114||General Chemistry Laboratory II||1|
(beyond required Core courses)
Nine Credits of:
|Select one or both of the following:||1-9|
|Studies in Environmental Management|
|Studies in Sustainable and Resilient Communities|
|Master's 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
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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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 (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.