Located within the UMass School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECo) is passionate about our mission – the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits – and deeply committed to training the next generation of scholars and practitioners. Our diverse focus includes: sustainable building and construction, natural resource ecology and management (e.g., forests, fish, wildlife, wetlands, watersheds, plants), sustainability, renewable energy, environmental governance and decision-making, global climate change, urban forestry, and conservation. The unifying focus of all these activities is on the stewardship of healthy and sustainable ecosystems that provide important human and community benefits.
In partnership with the Departments of Geosciences, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Microbiology, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, SES brings together academic programs, research, and extension focused on sustainability in the natural and built environments. ECo is also one of 16 departments in the College of Natural Sciences.
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