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The Department of Environmental Conservation's focus extends from the ecology and management of fish and wildlife populations, trees, forests, watersheds and landscapes to the physical, social, and policy aspects of conservation involving urban forests, human habitat, and sustainable building. The study of biology, sociology, policy, engineering, building science, and resource management encompasses rural, suburban, and urban environments. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits. ECO is one of 16 departments in the College of Natural Sciences.

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all-day BCT Exhibit: “False Color” @ Design Building Gallery
BCT Exhibit: “False Color” @ Design Building Gallery
Oct 8 – Oct 28 all-day
Synopsis As engineers, scientists and designers we are often faced with data that is not immediately comprehensible in its raw form, consisting solely of numeric values and ranges. Either the volume of such data is[...]
4:00 pm BCT Lecture: HIGH PERFORMANCE BU... @ Design Building 170
BCT Lecture: HIGH PERFORMANCE BU... @ Design Building 170
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fall 2017 BCT Lecture Series Speaker: Oliver Klein, CPHC, LEED AP, 475 Building Supply Location: 170 Design Building The name “475” is a reference to the heat demand requirement of the Passive House Standard, 4.75[...]
11:00 am Seminar, “New England Communitie...
Seminar, “New England Communitie...
Oct 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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  In October, three members of the UMass Student Chapter of the SAF attended the 2012 SAF National Convention in Spokane, WA. These students sat in on a number of technical sessions,listened to knowledgeable guest speakers and browsed through the exhibitors on site. The trio was also able to visit several properties of Inland Empire […]

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Undergraduate Study in ECo


Study Sustainable Construction Management, Green Building, Materials, and Engineering
with a B.S. in Building and Construction Technology.
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Study the Environment
with a B.S. in Environmental Science .
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Study Environmental Conservation, Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
with a B.S. in Natural Resources Conservation.
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All of these programs also offer a Minor.


Study Urban Forestry & Arboriculture
with an A.S. in Arboriculture and Community Forest Management.
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