School of Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)

Enacting new ways to thrive as global citizens.

We empower students to foster community transitions to ecologically resilient, economically sustainable and socially-just energy, food, water and land-use systems. Our students have monitored forests on snowshoes, managed a campus organic farm, addressed climate change and collaborated with diverse global communities.

Areas of Study

Environment and sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

Major | Minor

Global studies

Global Sustainability Track

Emphasis

Western solar panels

Individualized Contract

Emphasis

Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Emphasis

School of Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)

M.S. in Ecology

Master of Science

School of Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)

M.S. in Ecology 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

School of Environment & Sustainability (ENVS)

Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

MEM 3+2

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Emphasis

Water studies

Water Studies

Emphasis

Tackling the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.

The most serious environmental problems of our time have the potential to change the course of life as we know it. Issues like global warming, toxic waste, water and air pollution and diminishing energy supplies threaten our future–if we don’t have the leadership and expertise to counteract it.

The School of Environment and Sustainability offers a truly experiential and personalized education that focuses on interdisciplinary learning, global networks of place-based change, cultural inclusivity and cross-boundary environmental stewardship. We cultivate the environmental leaders that our natural world needs.

Focused on the future

Master of Science in Ecology student, Courtney King, gazes through a telescope at bighorn sheep during her Wildlife Techniques Class.

ENVS Network

Connecting people and organizations worldwide.

Master in Environment Management (MEM) students have completed over 80,000 hours of projects serving community organizations across Colorado, the American West, and as far as Kenya, the Himalayas and Costa Rica. Together, faculty researchers, student project leaders and thought leaders come together at Western Colorado University to tackle the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Search Network

Sustaining growth

MEM students, Cassidy Cichowicz and Aubrey Schoff, visit Castle Valley, Utah to connect with local stakeholders and learn about sustainable food and energy practices.

Giving

Help students cultivate their future.

How can students from a small liberal arts university in the heart of the Rockies find ways to combat global climate change? How can generations of students dedicate their talent, vision and energy to help build socially and ecologically resilient communities internationally? These are the questions that inspired us to launch the School of Environment and Sustainability. We invite you to help support our mission by donating to our capital campaign that provides scholarships for MEM students.

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News & Research

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Western Colorado University To Host National Geographic’s Living with Wolves a photographic exhibit.

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Faculty & Staff

Additional Resources

Giving

How can a small liberal arts university in the heart of the Rockies transform our relationship with the environments we call home?

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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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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

970.943.2248

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230