Talk: 'The New School of Earth and Sustainability'
October 3, 2017
UMass Amherst Campus
Founding director Curt Griffin discusses the success and global growing potential of the new School of Earth and Sustainability (SES).
Established in spring 2016, SES is a cross-disciplinary partnership between the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and the Environmental Microbiology group from the Department of Microbiology. The new school serves as a central hub for a suite of academic programs, research, innovation, and outreach/extension activities focused on finding solutions to the complex, global environmental challenges of the 21st century.
SES joins diverse programs that share a common focus on earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences. Together, the community includes over 100 faculty, 1,300 undergraduates and 320 graduate students. With 22 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs spanning the natural and built environments, SES offers students a wide diversity of programs fueled by innovation, student leadership, hands-on training, and public-private partnerships. With this new partnership, SES has the largest and most diverse set of earth, environmental, and sustainability sciences programs across all public and private universities in the region. SES – in concert with our diverse partners – has the capacity to make UMass Amherst the destination of choice for students interested in sustainability and the environment.