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Bill Ritter to kick-off ESS/NREL spring seminar series and new degree program celebration

January 31, 2013

Colorado State University's Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources will celebrate the launch of its new Bachelor of Science degree with an event Monday, Feb. 4.

Sustainability as a Core Value presented by Bill RitterPresident Tony Frank, Provost Rick Miranda, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy Bill Ritter, Warner College of Natural Resources Dean Joyce Berry and Department Head John Moore, will be on hand 1:30- 3 p.m. in Room 228 of the Lory Student Center.

In addition to launching the new Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS), this event marks the beginning of the 2013 Ecosystem Science and Sustainability/Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory spring seminar series.

'Sustainability as a Core Value'

Ritter, former Colorado governor, will kick- start the series with a talk on “Sustainability as a Core Value.” Ritter will discuss how sustainability shaped his vision for Colorado and the new energy economy.

A reception will follow Ritter’s talk. The reception will be held from 3-4 The University Club and will highlight posters featuring research by ESS faculty and include refreshments and an ice cream sundae bar.

One of the most comprehensive

With the launch of the new ESS degree, the total number of majors offered by Warner College of Natural Resources is now eight, making it one of the most comprehensive natural resources colleges in the nation.

New ESS Bachelor’s Degree

In earning the new degree, students can learn about the challenges humans face in sustainably managing human and natural communities; about the amazing ways organisms interact with their environments to form complex ecosystems, and about cutting-edge solutions for sustainability.

“The ESS Bachelor of Science degree will provide the academic foundation and experience that will enable graduates to pioneer innovative science and solutions that will shape our environmental future,” said Department Head Moore.

ESS degree coursework includes classes such as Foundations of Ecosystem Science, Systems Theory and Information Management, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, Quantitative Reasoning, Earth System Ecology, and Sustainability and Ecosystem Science.

For more information about the new Bachelor of Science in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and other degrees offered by Warner College, visit the website.

Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Established at Colorado State University in 2011, the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability has served as the foundation for specialized education and research in ecosystem science and the sustainability of ecosystem services. From its first undergraduate degree, Watershed Science, the department has continually presented students with boundless opportunities to work alongside faculty who are global leaders in the subject. The department also offers the opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience through the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and the outdoor laboratory at Pingree Park.

To learn more about the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, visit the website.