Students graduating from the Climate Change Studies minor program build on their major field of study and are prepared for broad range of professions and graduate programs that meet the emerging challenges and opportunities arising from climate change. Graduates of the program have gone on to graduate school, work for energy consultation firms and conservation groups, run for political office, and more.
Zach Brown graduated from UM in 2013 with a minor in Climate Change Studies and major in Environmental Studies where he was student president and introduced an innovated Smart Building Initiative bill to the Montana Legislature. After a fellowship in Washington D.C. as a Truman fellow, Zach is returning to Montana to run for a seat in Montana’s House of Representatives. He is campaigning to support public education, energy conservation, small businesses and more. See more about Zach’s campaign here.
Jacob Coburn graduated from UM in 2012 with a minor in Climate Change Studies and major in Geography. He was accepted to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the Earth Systems Science and Policy (ESSP) department with a renewable full tuition waiver for the first year. His advisor is Dr. Andrei Kirilenko, a lead author on the WGII portion of the IPCC AR4 report in 2007, on the chapter regarding impacts on agriculture, forestry and vegetative resources.
Patrick Colleran graduated from UM in 2010 with a minor in Climate Change Studies and major in Environmental Studies. He works for Climate Ride as a logistics and ride coordinator. Climate Ride is a nonprofit organization that organizes bicycle tours to raise awareness and money to support sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes.
Laurie Prati graduated from UM in 2010 with a minor in Climate Change Studies, major in Applied Sciences, and Associates degree in Energy Technology. Laurie currently works as an Energy Auditor with McKinstry, an Energy Services Company which enables school districts and commercial clients to complete projects that result in reduced energy consumption. She is responsible for utility data analysis, energy calculations, identifying energy saving measures, building computer energy models, report compilation and project support. See more about Laurie here.