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School of Environment and sustainability

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

Enacting new ways to thrive as global citizens.

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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

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Climate Action Planning

Emphasis

Climate Action Planning
Environment and sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

Major | Minor

Environment & Sustainability
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Food Systems

Emphasis

Food Systems
Global studies

Global Sustainability Track

Master in Environmental Management

Global Sustainability Track
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Individualized Contract

Emphasis

Individualized Contract
Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Master in Environmental Management

Integrative & Public Land Management Track
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M.S. in Ecology

Master of Science

M.S. in Ecology
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M.S. in Ecology 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs

M.S. in Ecology 3+2
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Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Master in Environmental Management

Master in Environmental Management (MEM)
MEM 3+2

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2
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Public Land Management

Emphasis

Public Land Management
Students garden on campus.

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Master in Environmental Management

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track
Water studies

Water Studies

Emphasis

Water Studies
Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

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 Clark Family 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.

Clark SES Network

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

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 Clark Family 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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Scholarships

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities*. This platform houses over 300+ school-specific and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

*Please note these opportunities are only open to undergraduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to consider our program fellowship opportunities.

Find your scholarships!

Western’s Scholarship Application portal allows you to search for, apply to and manage your scholarship opportunities*. This platform houses over 300+ departmental and privately funded scholarship opportunities available to both new and returning students. Through the scholarship portal, students may identify scholarship opportunities based on academic program, campus involvement, academic standing, specific keywords and more. Students may click below to begin learning about what scholarship opportunities are available to them.

Access to apply for scholarships through the portal is open through April 1.

Check individual scholarship opportunity start dates and deadlines as there are exceptions.

*Please note these opportunities are only open to undergraduate students. Graduate students are encouraged to consider our program fellowship opportunities.

Find your scholarships!

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 30 for 2024. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

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Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

News & Research

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Taylor Hall photographed on a spring day with flowering trees in full bloom.

Western Graduate Students, Faculty Member Receive Distinguished Achievement Award

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Western’s Clark School wins grant to help add value to internships

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A firefighter supervises a prescribed burn in the GMUG National Forest.

Prescribed Fire in Wilderness Research Team Honored by National USFS Award

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Students observe a herd of cows while visiting the Verzuh Ranch in Crested Butte, CO.

Landowners donate 40-acre Verzuh Ranch to Western for conservation, learning

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Students build mobile enclosures that could be used to keep chickens and rabbits safe

Mountaineers Without Borders: From Concept to Colombia

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Western receives $10,000 Catalyst Grant to help fund push toward sustainability

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Students work with a professor to conduct research in a forest damaged by wildfire

Workshop synthesis paper describes value of prescribed fire in wilderness areas

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Mountains in Gunnison

Women Move Mountains: Western Students Attend UN Conference in Aspen

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Western Receives Research & Education Grant from Department of Energy

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Spotlight

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Etinosa Igunbor

Student

Etinosa Igunbor came 7,132 miles from equatorial coastal Africa to the sagebrush steppe of Western Colorado, but that was just one leg of his journey. As someone who loves the natural world, he’s still going to great lengths to make sure he has the education to be a part of the solutions that will save it. Only time will tell where his journey will take him next.

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Triston Turner

Student

“Any leadership role makes your college experience unique because you obviously don’t have to do this before you graduate. Being an EPIC Mentor has provided me with more perspective in my life. I see different viewpoints and the diversity of people’s backgrounds.” As he works toward his master’s degree, Triston is involved with EPIC Mentors, the Organics Guild, Western Solar Society and the Honors Program.

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Rachel Weakland

Alumni

"Rachel Weakland has dedicated her professional efforts towards environmental education and creating global leaders here in Colorado and abroad."

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

Lindsey Lunsford

Alumni

"Lindsey Lunsford's work towards a healthier community contributes to the rural south's reclamation of the "Carver Way of Life," impacting the health of many communities."

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

Jade Swor

Student

"Jade Swor is exploring potential projects at the interface of tribal relations, mycology, and biomimicry."

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 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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32nd Headwaters Conference: Grief and Hope in a Changing Climate

Join us Nov. 5-6 for the 32nd Headwaters Conference: Grief and Hope in a Changing Climate. This year’s keynote speaker will be William deBuys, renowned conservationist and environmental writer. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Department Information

Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

Dean

Micah Russell, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Integrative and Public Land Management Director; MEM Director

Program Facilitator

Lindsay Dolezal

Program Facilitator and Grants Administrator

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230

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