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2023 Master's Project Presentations

16 Environmental Solutions Presented by Master of Environmental Science and Management Students

Apr 28 2023 | 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm PT Bren Hall and MSI Auditorium + Livestream

Collage of master's student groups

Master of Environmental Science and Management student projects are the culmination of a year working in collaboration with a client partner or on a business plan which addresses an environmental problem. The Class of 2023 will present 16 Master's Group Projects and Eco-Entrepreneurship Projects on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 1:00pm to 5:25pm Pacific Time. This event will be held in-person on the UC Santa Barbara campus and streamed live online. Presentations will be held in two simultaneous sessions:  Session A is in Bren Hall 1414, and Session B is in the Marine Science Institute (MSI) Auditorium.

This event is open to the public, both in-person and online. No registration is required.


Session A: Bren Hall 1414 

+ Watch the Session A livestream here

Session B: MSI Auditorium

+ Watch the Session B livestream here

Reception to follow in the Bren Hall Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard

Master's Project Presentation Day: A Message from Dean Steve Gaines

I’m pleased to invite you to the 26th annual Master’s Project Final Presentations, showcasing projects completed by the Bren School Master of Environmental Science and Management Class of 2023. Over the course of a year, students work in teams with one or more faculty advisors who monitor progress, provide technical assistance and expertise, and evaluate the project. This hands-on experience prepares Bren graduates to be leaders in solving the environmental problems of the 21st century. 

The Master of Environmental Science and Management, or MESM, program offers a problem-solving, solution-oriented, multidisciplinary curriculum that blends training in the natural sciences, social sciences, law, and business. The capstone of the MESM program is either a Group Project or Eco-Entrepreneurship (Eco-E) Project.

Group Projects train students to work as a team while they conduct comprehensive analyses of current environmental issues containing both scientific and management challenges. Students partner with outside stakeholders as they define the scope of a real-world environmental problem and develop interdisciplinary solutions.

Eco-E Projects prepare students as entrepreneurs who can identify opportunities where market demands overlap environmental solutions. Students who complete an Eco-E Project develop a business model, build a prototype concept, and create a go-to-market strategy for a new environmental venture.

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara continues to play a leading role in researching environmental issues, identifying and solving environmental problems, and training research scientists and environmental-management professionals. The Bren School continues to be impressed by the depth of knowledge displayed by our students. We hope you'll join us for this fascinating day of presentations.

Thank you to the Bren School's Corporate and Institutional Partners:

AEP Channel Counties Chapter, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, California Homebuilding Foundation, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, Inditex, Latham & Watkins, O’Melveny & Myers, Professional Environmental Managers Association (PEMA), Resources Legacy Fund, Rhodium Group, Rincon Consultants, Southern California Edison, The Nature Conservancy, Toad & Co.

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