Environment & Sustainability Department

Where we live affects every aspect of our lives. Students in Western's Environment & Sustainability department examine the natural systems on which we depend and how we can conserve our place in the world – for now and our future.

 

Environment & Sustainability majors pursue truly cross-curricular studies, examining everything from Literature and Philosophy to Geology and Biology. Students seek balance points between science and the humanities – developing broad understandings for the future of mankind and its place on Earth.

The Environment & Sustainability department hosts key programs and events, such as the Headwaters Project, which each fall presents the Headwaters Conference, and the Colorado Water Workshop, convened at Western each summer.

Areas of Study: 

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Mahaffey Environmental Studies Scholarship

Available to:
Students who have demonstrated community involvement with environmental solutions, academic excellence and a dedication to mountain environments which could encompass recreational activity, personal connection, or service.

Provided by:
Jim and Dianne Mahaffey.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Environment & Sustainability Council.

Application:
Application and deadline information available on the ENVS web page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program (970) 943-3162 - Kelley Hall 240

 Martin, Mike Memorial Scholarship

Available to:
Environment & Sustainability majors who have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Preference will be given to a resident of Crested Butte, Colorado. If no applicants meet this requirement, preference will be given to a resident of Gunnison, Colorado. If no applicants meet the criteria, applicants must be a resident of Colorado.

Provided by:
The Michael Martin Community Fund.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available.

Selected by:
Environment & Sustainability Council.

Application:
Application and deadline information available on the ENVS web page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program. (970) 943-3162 - Kelley Hall 108

 Nauman, James D. Environmental Stewardship Scholarship

Available to:
Full-time students majoring in Environment & Sustainability with a minimum of 30 credits at Western. Must have made a significant contribution towards environmental stewardship while at Western. Students must demonstrate academic achievement and progress towards ENVS major.

Provided by:
Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available (Anticipated award $500).

Selected by:
Environment & Sustainability Council.

Application:
Application and deadline information available on the ENVS web page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program. (970) 943-3162 - Kelley Hall 108

 Nauman, James D. Environmental Studies Scholarship - Freshmen

Available to:
Must have applied and been admitted to Western State Colorado University and have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a degree in Environment & Sustainability. Must be enrolled full-time. Preference given to students with financial need.

Provided by:
Dr. James Nauman, who attended Western from 1945-49.

Amount:
Award depends on funds available. (Anticipated award $500.00)

Selected by:
Environment & Sustainability Council.

Application:
Application and deadline information available on the ENVS web page. Or contact the Director of Environment & Sustainability Program. (970) 943-3162 - Kelley Hall 108

Directory

Faculty

Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Phone: (970) 943-3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Assistant Professor in Biology and Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Biology, University of California–Santa Cruz, 1995, Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2005
Phone: (970) 943-2565
Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
Professor of Sociology, Director of the Honors Program
B.S., Augsburg College: M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona.
Phone: (970) 943-3007
Office Location: Kelley Hall 221
Professor of Geography
B.A., Trinity Western University;, M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin.
Phone: (970) 943-2800
Office Location: Kelley Hall 220
Senior Lecturer in Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.A., John Carroll University; , M.S., Western Illinois University
Phone: (970) 943-2115
Office Location: Wright Gym 222
Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
Professor of Environmental Management
Phone:
Office Location:
Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Oregon.
Phone: (970) 943-2893
Office Location: Borick Business Building 246
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., Humboldt State University; , M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Phone: (970) 943-3052
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Thornton Chair in Biology
B.S, Colorado State University. M.S., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of Missouri.
Phone: (970) 943-7121
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
Associate Professor of Geology
B.A., State University of New York, College at Geneseo; M.S., Ph.D., University of Utah.
Phone: (970) 943-2367
Office Location: Hurst Hall 31B
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education, Recreation and Outdoor Education Program Coordinator
B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire.
Phone: (970) 943-2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
B.A. Environmental Studies, Western State Colorado University; M.A. in History, McMaster University; Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental History, McMaster University.
Phone: (970) 943-2427
Office Location: Kelley Hall 106
Director of Environment & Sustainability and Director of the Colorado Water Workshop
B.A., Wartburg College; M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha; Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3162
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., Louisiana State University, M.A., Arizona State University, Ph.D., Lancaster University
Phone: (970) 943-3024
Office Location: Kelley Hall 204
Professor of History
B.A., University of Saskatchewan; M.A., Flinders University of South Australia; Ph.D., Tulane University.
Phone: (970) 943-7128
Office Location: Kelley Hall 225
Professor of Environmental Management
Phone:
Office Location: