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Support Academic Programs

The Bren School’s Academic Programs are foundational to its success in attracting and training effective environmental problem-solvers. Funding support is critical to maintaining their high caliber. A few of our prestigious and high-need programs include: 

Communication Focus
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Leombruni 

Students in the Master of Environmental Science and Management Strategic Environmental Communication & Media Focus learn to communicate environmental issues effectively and strategically. A blend of theory and practice, this program trains students to create compelling narratives, target specific audiences, and assess message impact. Students also acquire indispensable verbal and written communication skills and learn media tools, such as video production, social media, and writing. Philanthropic support benefits program management and lecturer salaries, hosting of visiting lecturers, student fellowship opportunities, and media production supplies and equipment. Learn more about BrenComm.  

Eco-Entrepreneurship Focus 
Faculty Advisor: Emily Cotter 

Students in the Eco-Entrepreneurship (Eco-E) Focus learn how to move environmental solutions from concept to market. Using a customer development approach, Eco-E students develop business models into innovative products or services that address environmental problems and may choose to pursue their Eco-E project as their Master of Environmental Science and Management thesis.

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Eco-E students also have access to valuable mentorship and advice from the Eco-E Advisory Council, a group of business experts and successful entrepreneurs, throughout their studies and beyond, and critical financial support from the Eco-E Builder’s Society. Philanthropic support benefits program management and lecturer salaries, hosting of visiting lecturers, student fellowship opportunities, and the launch of project start-ups. 

Environmental Law Program 
Faculty Advisor: Jim Salzman 

Recognized by alumni as some of the most valuable courses for their professional careers, the Bren School’s environmental law program is a vital part of our interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving. These classes provide students with critical analytic skills required to read, interpret, and apply statues and regulations. Philanthropic support benefits this program’s rigorous curriculum, including hosting guest lecturers who bring specialized expertise in water, land use, and other key areas. In fact, graduates of the Bren School receive more exposure to environmental law than most law school students. 

Master’s Group Projects 
Staff Advisor: Sean Kerr

A signature of the Master of Environmental Science and Management program, Master’s Group Projects provide a unique opportunity for students to gain unparalleled experience performing professional-level work, while applying their technical expertise to real-world challenges. Teams of 3-5 with a Bren faculty advisor and external advisors tackle specific problems posed by a client organization, and share their meaningful recommendations at this public presentation. Philanthropic support benefits research and travel expenses, publication costs, internship opportunities, and more.

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Reach out to the Bren School and make an impact today.

Lotus Vermeer

Assistant Dean for Development
(805) 893-3712

Beth Pitton-August

Director of Development
(805) 893-5047

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