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Environmental Management

Environmental management encompasses a broad area of inquiry and practice that involves businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to protect and promote environmental values, attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, and outcomes. As one reviews trends toward the “greening” of businesses and organizations, environmental management explores global, national, and local environmental public policy processes, challenges, and outcomes, including global climate change, international trade and environmental agreements, environmental security, air and water quality, bio-diversity, and land use issues. Other focal points of the concentration include:

  • An exploration, analysis, and synthesis of the multiple perspectives on sustainability, at multiple levels, within multiple systems (societies, businesses, governments, NGOs, communities, households, and individuals), including sustainable marketing practices.
  • The identification, investigation, and evaluation of how environment, energy, and technology are inter-related, and how these interactions influence societal policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation at the international, regional, national, industrial, and organizational levels.

Career opportunities are highly varied both in sector and level of responsibility, and range from mid- to upper-level environmental policy-makers and managers through entry-level environmental researchers and analysts to environmental entrepreneurs interested in starting or joining emerging environment-oriented businesses or other organizations.

Possible Courses:

  • SMPP 210 – Strategic Environmental Management – Examination and analysis of the orientation and actions of private, public, and nonprofit sectors in relation to their natural environments. Emphasis on organizational interaction and effectiveness, particularly regarding business firms and industry, on issues of environmental quality and sustainability. (Spring)
  • PPOL 207 – Environment, Energy, Technology, and Society – The identification, examination, and evaluation of how environment, energy, and technology are interrelated and how these interactions influence policy formulation and implementation at the international, national, regional, industrial, and organizational levels. Same as SMPP 207
  • PAD 266 – Environmental Policy – Current issues in environmental policy: biodiversity, land use including wilderness protection, climate change, environmental justice, economic growth, and ecological sustainability.
  • IAFF 252 – Environmental Policy – Examination of public policies designed to protect the human and physical environment; focus on the ways science and technology can simultaneously create new environmental problems and contribute to their mitigation and prevention.
  • GEOG 221 – Geospatial Techniques – Integration of GIS, remote sensing, and spatial modeling.
  • GEOG 230 – Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development - A consideration of the differential regional implications of and responses to resource and environmental policy decisions due to regional differences in societal and physical parameters.