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Environmental Advocacy & Education

In order to protect the environment on a global scale, everyone — not just scientists and policy makers — must be educated about and commit to environmental awareness.  That’s where our environmental advocates and educators play an essential role. Environmental science is complex, and changing behaviors on a large scale is difficult. The Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration will train you to powerfully communicate with a wide range of audiences, helping the public to understand more about their world and inspiring communities large and small to work on behalf of the environment.

Students who choose the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration go on to teach in classrooms, museums or nature center settings; write or create media as science journalists; research and write for think tanks; and work in a variety of non-profit and for-profit media organizations.

Student research

Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration.

Sample Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration courses

In the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses in departments and graduate schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.

Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)

  • Foundations of Environmental Education

Urban Studies Program

  • Philanthropy and the City
  • Building Nonprofits from the Ground Up
  • Metropolitan Food Systems
  • City Limits: The Impact of Urban Policy

Fels Institute of Government

  • Fundraising for Nonprofit
  • Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Foundations and Grant Management
  • Leading Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Relations (Lobbying)

Graduate School of Education

  • Education in Developing Countries
  • Science in Elementary/Middle School

Wharton School of Business

  • Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

School of Design

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

School of Social Policy & Practice

  • Community Mapping
  • Building Community Capacity

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Program Resources

Meet Program Director Yvette Bordeaux as she presents details about the Master of Environmental Studies program.

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