Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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University of Massachusetts Amherst
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
School of Earth and Sustainability

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Established in Spring 2016, the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) is a cross-disciplinary partnership between the Departments of Environmental Conservation, Geosciences, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and Stockbridge School of Agriculture as well as the Environmental Microbiology group from the Department of Microbiology. SES joins diverse academic programs, research, and outreach that share a common focus on earth, sustainability, and environmental sciences. Together, our community includes over 100 world-class faculty, 1300 undergraduate students, 320 graduate students as well as many research scientists, technicians and support staff.

Undergraduate Programs:
Arboriculture & Community Forestry (AS)
Building & Construction Technology (BS)
Earth Systems (BS)
Environmental Science (BS)
Equine Management (AS)
Geography (BA, BS)
Geology (BA, BS)
Horticultural Sciences (AS, BS)
Landscape Architecture (BS)
Landscape Contracting (AS)
Microbiology (BS)
Natural Resources Conservation (BS)
Plant and Soil Sciences (BS)
Sustainable Community Development (BS)
Sustainable Food & Farming (AS, BS)
Turfgrass Science & Management (AS, BS)

Graduate Programs
Environmental Conservation (professional MS, research MS/PhD)
Geographic Information Science and Technology (1-year professional MS)
Geography (MS)
Geosciences (professional MS, research MS/PhD)
Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program (professional MS, research MS/PhD)
Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Microbiology (MS, PhD)
Plant & Soil Sciences (MS, PhD)
Regional Planning (MRP)
Regional Planning (PhD)
Sustainability Science (professional MS)
Sustainable Building Systems (professional MS, research MS/PhD)

There are numerous dual degree Master's program options available:
Master of Landscape Architecture & Master of Regional Planning (MLA/MRP)
Master of Regional Planning & Master of Science in Sustainability Science (MRP/MS3)
Master of Landscape Architecture & Master of Architecture (MLA/MArch) in partnership with n the Department Architecture
Master of Regional Planning & Master of Architecture (MRP/MArch) in partnership with n the Department Architecture
Master of Public Policy and Administration & Master of Regional Planning (MPPA/MRP) in partnership with the School of Public Policy
Master of Regional Planning & Law (MRP/JD) in in conjunction with the School of Law at Western New England University in Springfield


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Research
Campus Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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