I am an environmental attorney and I’ve been teaching and advising students in our MSES program for the past 6 years. I teach a range of courses at the intersection of environmental studies and public policy. In every one of my classes I strive to highlight the multidimensional nature of environmental studies so that students consider how law, science, politics, economics, and a myriad of social factors all interact to form the environment in which we live and the ways in which we live in it.
I’m extremely proud of our graduate program in Environmental Studies and I’m humbled to serve as the Director. The chance to work with engaging, passionate, and talented students from all walks of life, from across the country and throughout the world, is the best part of my job. I really value the opportunity to interact with our MSES students on a daily basis.
The MSES program brings our faculty’s intense place-based personal interaction with students into the online classroom. Our program is somewhat unique in its aim to help students create deep connection to and understanding of their own bioregion, and to produce the feel of a residential program at a distance. Students in this program analyze our most pressing environmental challenges, and together we gain perspective that can help foster innovative, just, and practical solutions that support environmental, economic, and social progress.
Green Mountain College’s faculty expertise combined with our committed graduate student body produces a dynamic and exciting learning community. Although we gather physically only once a year, you will find the group is always available for brainstorming and problem solving. Each course builds additional skills, knowledge, and connections; you will develop professional networks and personal friendships that will last your lifetime. You will find yourself with intellectual tools that you can apply to environmental issues anywhere, though during your study you will apply them first in your own current bioregion.
Whether you are embarking on a new career direction or wish to develop new perspectives as a career professional, I invite you to join our campus and online community!
Christopher Brooks, J.D., MELP
MSES Program Director