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Institute for the Environment & Sustainability
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The Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) administers 1 professional masters degree, 3 undergraduate interdisciplinary co-majors, and a minor:

These interdisciplinary programs train students in professional practice and research in ways that extend beyond the sciences, to include business, engineering, policy, fine arts, and education.

The IES also coordinates with 4 departments in the natural sciences on a Ph.D. program to offer courses and research opportunities for graduate students:

MEn students working in the IES Stream Team booth at River Days in Hamilton, OH, photoPartnerships and Collaborations

The IES partners with departments, centers, and physical facilities at Miami University on several initiatives, and conducts air and water quality monitoring in cooperation with Butler County and federal agencies. Students are involved in all of these activities, providing hands-on scientific, organizational, and cultural learning experiences.

Sustainability at Miami

The academic programs of IES interface with initiatives to enhance campus sustainability through student research and service learning projects. See Sustainability at Miami.

Center for Aquatic & Watershed Sciences

The Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences is a partnership between IES and the natural sciences to promote research, education, and outreach on freshwater issues at local, regional, and global scales.

Butler County Stream Team

Butler County Stream Team external link iconis a partnership involving Miami University students, resident volunteers, Butler County Storm Water District external link icon, and the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District external link icon. Stream Team monitors stream water quality throughout Butler County to identify pollution threats to streams and provide long-term data on water quality trends.

Myaamia Center

The IES helps the Myaamia Center increase capacity of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma to manage its natural and cultural resources in a sustainable manner.

Weather Station and Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring

Funded by the US Geological Survey, the IES monitors precipitation chemistry, dry deposition, and ozone at the Ecology Research Center, and is part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program.


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