Programmatic Support

The Bren School is emerging as the preeminent institution for solution-centered environmental research and education. Our goal is to train professionals in a comprehensive, balanced, interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Science & Management. We seek funding support for special programs to ensure that the school is able to effectively teach new skill sets and research techniques. To learn more about how you can support the school’s special programs, please contact Patti Winans at 805-893-4589 or by e-mail.


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The Bren School aims to be the leader in graduate education and research in the area of Environmental Science & Management. Our Fund for Excellence ensures that the school has the financial ability to seize important opportunities for expansion and development at a time when existing resources are stretched to meet an array of competing needs. The fund is exceedingly important to the school, for it allows immediate access to funds, allowing the dean to act decisively to embrace one-time opportunities that can propel the enterprise to the next level.

Gifts to the fund can have a transformative impact on the life of a young faculty member or student, and can be leveraged to secure additional funds and generate opportunities.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome and encouraged. In accordance with university policy and presidential approval, we will be pleased to acknowledge some endowed gifts by naming selected prominent spaces in Bren Hall to honor the vision and generosity of our donors and reflect our gratitude in perpetuity.

Diversity at Bren

Established by the graduating class of 2006, the Diversity at Bren fund supports outreach to and recruitment of students from populations that are underrepresented in environmental science and management. Within the bounds of California law and university policy, donors can play a significant role in contributing to the diversity of the Bren School’s student body, thereby making the school stronger and more representative of the world in which we live. Gifts of all sizes are most welcome and appreciated.

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Eco-Entrepreneurship (Eco-E)

Addressing serious environmental and natural resource problems requires ingenuity and entrepreneruship. Eco-E is a partnership between two highly regarded academic centers at UCSB — the Bren School and the nationally recognized Technology Management Program (TMP) in the College of Engineering. Through their Eco-E collaboration, the Bren School and TMP are expanding and promoting environmental entrepreneurship and technology transfer in an altogether new way. Eco-E links innovation with the environment by providing entrepreneurial training and support for the launch of socially valuable new ventures. 

Eco-E is a green business incubator and gives Bren students the opportunity to spend up to two years developing a business concept, innovation or product that will solve an environmental problem or address an environmental need.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome and encouraged.

Career Development

The Bren School has an excellent and comprehensive Career Development program designed to help students become highly sought-after applicants and effective environmental professionals. The program provides workshops on job-search training, interview skills, and an array of other crucial job-seeking skills. One of the main components of the program is to assist students in locating national and international internships in various sectors. 

Internships are an excellent way for Bren students to apply their classroom learning in real-world situations and settings. As a result, all Bren master's students are encouraged to complete summer internships between their first and second year of study. The results are extraordinary: during the summer of 2005, 99 percent of the class of 2005 completed internships. 

With the goal of developing successful environmental problem solvers and placing Bren students in positions where they will have considerable impact on businesses and the environment, the Bren School Career Development program is seeking ways to offer students more internship funding. As our program expands and we continue to produce quality students, it is essential that we are able to provide students with access to key organizations, a goal that has been difficult in the past due to a lack of internship funding. When students have funding opportunities available to them, they can approach any corporation, government agency, or nonprofit organization and develop new and exciting internship opportunities. They are no longer restricted to pursue paid internships. The focus can be on the company and the quality of the internship. 

Funding will help with more than just developing new internship opportunities, as many excellent unpaid international and nonprofit internship opportunities already exist. But without some form of funding, many students are unable to take advantage of these exciting and broadening opportunities. 

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The Bren School is one among a handful of schools in the United States, and the only one in the West, that integrates a core curriculum in science, management, law, economics, and polic yin an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving.

The Bren School’s core curriculum provides a solid foundation in coupled human and environmental systems. Through coursework in environmental law, our students become conversant in the language, knowledge, techniques, and methodologies of the law while integrating this knowledge with other courses in natural sciences, management, economics and policy.

Our core environmental law course teaches basic elements of the legal system as they relate specifically to environmental issues. Students study the various legal elements of environmental policy making. In addition to this basic introduction taught by legal scholars, the curriculum is greatly enhanced by diverse short courses, workshops, and seminars. These enhancement courses enable the Bren School to bring into the classroom top practicing attorneys who are working at the leading edge of environmental legal issues. The Bren School is raising an endowment to ensure the excellence and ongoing vaue of enhancements to our environmental law component.

To learn more about how you can support the school’s special programs, please contact Patti Winans at (805) 893-4589 or by e-mail.

Environmental Modeling Laboratory

Environmental Modeling Laboratory

The Environmental Modeling Laboratory (EML) is a 950-square-foot facility on the third floor of Bren Hall that supports the Bren curriculum in computational modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental information management. Also known as the GIS Lab, i t is home to 32 advanced GIS work stations, all of which offer state-of-the-art graphics, visualization, and data-processing capabilities and are linked to large-format, high-resolution color printers and scanners. Students store their extensive research and lab data on a 4-terabyte file server. Screens, projectors, a podium, DVD and VCR capability, audio inputs, and a computer with Internet connection provide for a full range of audio-visual needs.

Computer modeling has become an indispensable tool for many resources managers and policy makers. Models that integrate information and images play a key role in understanding Earth's natural systems. These models enable researchers to map the world’s water resources, track deforestation, observe the ebb and flow of polar ice, and make ever more informed predictions about the future effects of climate change, enabling governments to develop policies today to address future environmental challenges.

World-class teaching and research facilities are essential for attracting and retaining eminent scholars in the field of environmental science and management. The EML is such a facility, and as the "central nervous system" of the Bren School's extensive desktop computing capability, its state-of-the-art hardware and software are updated annually. After a year of use, EML technology cycles to the Student Computing Facility for general use by master's students, and to the Davidson Student Commons, where second-year master's students use the computers to conduct Group Project research. Bren faculty and staff then benefit from the technology before it is passed to other units on campus or donated to the community. To ensure continued technological excellence in the EML and at the Bren School as a whole, we are seeking an endowment that to support the laboratory in perpetuity.

In accordance with university policy and presidential approval, we would be pleased to name the EML to permanently reflect our deep gratitude and honor a donor’s vision and generosity.