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Find your inspiration to change the world at the Bren School.

We solve environmental problems.

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is a professional graduate school and community of environmental leaders at UC Santa Barbara.

Graduate Programs at Bren

The UCSB Bren School offers environmental graduate programs that empower you to develop comprehensive, data-driven solutions to today's critical environmental problems.

How will you solve environmental problems?

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Bren Grads Change the World

Our alumni are leaders in every sector, tackling environmental issues such as climate change, conservation, and sustainable water and agriculture. Join a vast and active alumni network from day one with the Bren School.

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    Joel Cesare, MESM 2012

    An advocate for bold thinking, Joel Cesare makes sustainable building decisions for Google locations around the world.

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    Heather Hochrein, MESM 2016

    Heather Hochrein shares her experience launching a successful electric vehicle charge-share business from her Eco-E Project at Bren.

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    Karen Askeland-Elliff, MESM 2016

    The attraction to protect pristine waterways drives Karen Askeland-Elliff's career as a water resources planner and environmental scientist.

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    Lindsey Peavey Reeves, PhD 2016

    With the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Lindsey conducts research and translates this important information for public education.

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    Garrett Goto, MESM 2019

    Hired even before he graduated, Garrett Goto is developing global aquaculture strategy at the Center for Oceans at Conservation International.

Solving Environmental Problems

Explore how the Bren community of students, faculty, and researchers approach solutions to critical environmental problems, and get inspired to bring your ideas to Bren.

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    Faculty Research

    Bren researchers make valuable contributions with global impact on the most significant environmental issues of our day, from climate change to ocean health. Browse a directory of subject matter experts.

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    Communication Focus

    Science needs a strong voice now more than ever. The MESM program focus in Communication trains students to become compelling storytellers, strategic communicators, and skilled multimedia producers.

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    Eco-Entrepreneurship Focus

    Bridging entrepreneurship and environmental solutions, the Eco-E program teaches innovation, agile thinking, business skills, and everything you need to launch an eco-venture.

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    Your support for the Bren School propels innovative environmental leaders and solutions. Learn about opportunities to support student fellowships, academic programs, research, and more.

Our Global Impact

Bren researchers and students develop solutions to critical environmental problems around the world. We are expanding our scientific understanding, planning and implementing viable solutions, and building sustainable industries.