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Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

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

Environment & Sustainability
Global studies

Global Sustainability Track

Emphasis

Global Sustainability Track
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Individualized Contract

Emphasis

Individualized Contract
Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Integrative & Public Land Management Track

Emphasis

Integrative & Public Land Management Track
Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

M.S. in Ecology

Master of Science

M.S. in Ecology
Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

M.S. in Ecology 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.S. in Ecology 3+2
Clark Family School of Environment and Sustainability

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 (3+2)

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2
Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track

Emphasis

Sustainable & Resilient Communities Track
Water studies

Water Studies

Emphasis

Water Studies

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

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.

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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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News & Research

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Conservation Grant Helps Fund Recreation Management Project

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New Name for Environment & Sustainability School

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Leadership and Experiential Learning Projects at Western

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Graduate Studies Program Honors Two Members for Inclusive Excellence

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Researchers Help Shape Recreation Policy with Great Blue Heron Study

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Western Among Best Colleges that Offer Hands-on Learning Experiences

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Western students make film "Smoldering Ice"

Western Film Highlights Impact of Siberian Fires

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Reusable Solution to COVID-19 Disposable Container Problem

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Research Shows Increased Wildfire Risk & Long-Term Ecological Change

Research Shows Increased Wildfire Risk & Long-Term Ecological Change

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Western appoints new adjunct faculty members in graduate Ecology program

Western appoints new adjunct faculty members in graduate Ecology program

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Western Professor Featured in VentureWell Article

Western Professor Featured in VentureWell Article

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Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

Western professor publishes book focused on sustainability in business

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Western staff member featured in CBS Denver news story

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Western’s Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) chapter highlighted as the Collegiate Chapter of the Month by national organization

Western’s Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) chapter highlighted as the Collegiate Chapter of the Month by national organization

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Annual Headwaters Conference celebrates 30 years

Annual Headwaters Conference celebrates 30 years

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Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

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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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Western Professor and Students Publish Study on Fire Ecology

Western Professor and Students Publish Study on Fire Ecology

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Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

Western Students Earn NextCycle Incubator Grant

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Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

Western Colorado University adds new accelerated master’s pathway

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Western featured in ’Guide to 399 Green Colleges’ by The Princeton Review

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Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

Western receives 2017 Tree Campus USA award

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Western hosting free 3-night series on local wildlife management at ICELab

Western hosting free 3-night series on local wildlife management at ICELab

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Solar Energy International, Western join forces to offer college-level courses

Solar Energy International, Western join forces to offer college-level courses

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Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

Western’s MEM program helps start ecological restoration in Gunnison Valley

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Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

Embarking on a field-based learning adventure

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Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

Master in Environmental Management professor publishes two new books

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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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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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Interim Dean

Melanie Armstrong, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability, Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Center for Public Lands Director

Contact Information

970.943.2248

ses@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230

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