The teaching mission of the Department of Natural Resources Science is to train students to become innovative, creative, environmentally responsible citizens who value learning, are effective leaders and communicators, and who apply their curiosity, knowledge, and skills to solve complex environmental problems. Our core courses use hands-on approaches, field and lab projects, and problem-based learning to ensure that students develop skills that can be used to resolve environmental issues and problems. Our curriculum requires that students integrate multiple scales of scientific inquiry (from molecules to ecosystems, soils to the biosphere), effectively communicate and translate their knowledge to a diversity of stakeholders, and use science-based solutions to solve environmental problems, promote alternative energy and a green economy, and advance environmental sustainability for the benefit of society. Students are partnered with NRS research scientists and extension specialists to ensure that the connection is made between their scientific knowledge and real-world application. Apprenticeships are used to connect students with environmental consulting firms and non-academic partner institutions in municipal government, state agencies, federal programs, conservation NGOs, land trusts, and conservancies to expand student’s learning experiences and foster long-term partnerships among the university, an emerging workforce, and the employers of environmental scientists.
SEE ALSO G LOBAL W ARMING AND THE H YDROLOGIC C YCLE ; H YDROPOLITICS ; I NTERNATIONAL C OOPERATION ; M ARKETS , W ATER ; P RICING , W ATER ; P RIVATIZATION OF W ATER M ANAGEMENT ; S ECURITY AND W ATER ; S USTAINABLE D EVELOPMENT ; T RANSPORTATION ; T RANSBOUNDARY W ATER TR EATIES .
At the end of November 1999, Seattle saw major governments meet at a WTO ministerial meeting to discuss various trading rules. Seattle also saw free speech cracked down on in the name of free trade. Enormous public protests ensued. There were many differences in the perspectives of developing and industrialized nations on the current reality of free trade and how it affected them. It resulted in a WTO failure to agree on many issues, without adopting any resolutions. Developing countries were sidelined and one delegate even physically barred from a meeting.