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Guide to the University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management Collection
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management collection
    Dates: ca. 1995-2003
    Collection number: UArch 24
    Creator: University of California, Santa Barbara. Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
    Collection Size: 0.2 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Collection contains faculty position announcement and lecture flyers, proposal for a masters degree, and other documents.
    Physical location: Del Sur, University Archives, 26A.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    University of California, Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management collection. UArch 24. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information


    Scope and Content of Collection

    "In 1991, the Regents of the University of California gave their approval to establish the School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. Plans for a new building to house the School were begun a year later. The time was right. Growing world population and rising standards of living were placing ever-increasing demands on the earth's limited resources and unprecedented strains on its natural systems. Environmental challenges were escalating in number and complexity. Meanwhile, extraordinary technological advances - from increasingly powerful computers to advanced communication networks and remote satellite sensing capabilities - had led to breakthroughs in mapping and monitoring the Earth's resources.
    "Information resulting from these transformational technologies led to a deeper understanding of the environment as a series of interdependent systems and underscored the intricate links between the status of human systems and the state of the natural world. Further, scientists had begun to understand the prominent role that humans play in shaping the environment, whether in terms of ocean degradation, pollution, climate change, or loss of biodiversity. We had entered the era of "coupled" systems, when it would be meaningless to study the environment without also studying the human actions that impact it.
    "With this more integrated view of the environment came the need for a new kind of solution-oriented environmental professional, one who would be highly trained in the quantitative, multidisciplinary analysis of environmental problems and combine expertise in a range of methodologies with a solid understanding of the political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental decision-making.
    "The School was created as a center of related research and a crossroads where prominent leaders, thinkers, practitioners, and innovators could convene to present, discuss, and debate new findings and evolving knowledge in the critical disciplines related to environmental science and management. [...]
    "In 1994, Jeff Dozier, professor of earth systems science, became the School's first dean, and a master's program was designed to offer courses in natural and social sciences, as well as ecology, management, and risk assessment. The School appointed its first faculty members in 1995, accepted its first master's students in 1996, and graduated its inaugural class of 20 in 1998. The Ph.D. program was added two years later and graduated its first three students in 2002. There are now approximately 125 master's students in the School, equally divided between first- and second-years, and 30 Ph.D. students. In 1997, after receiving a major gift from the Donald Bren Foundation to provide funding for endowed faculty chairs, faculty scholars, visiting lecturers, conferences, and student support, the School was renamed the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Construction of Bren Hall began a year later, and the building opened in April 2002 as a model of sustainable design and construction. It has since won numerous awards, including the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum Award - the highest certification possible - and recognition as the greenest laboratory building in the United States. Home to classrooms, lecture halls, and a variety of other state-of-the-art facilities and labs, it has been featured in a range of publications and become a benchmark of sustainable design and construction.
    "In fall 2000, as construction moved forward and after six years as Dean, Dr. Dozier returned to full-time teaching at the Bren School, and Dennis Aigner, formerly Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine, was appointed the School's second Dean. Dr. Aigner brought an increased focus on the corporate and legal aspects of environmental problem solving and continued to expand the vision of the School as a leader in cutting-edge research and integrated environmental solutions. After completing his five-year term in summer 2005, Dr. Aigner was succeeded by Bren Professor John Melack, who served as Acting Dean for six months prior to the arrival of Ernst von Weizsäcker who became Dean in January 2006.
    "Arriving from the German Parliament, where he headed the environmental committee, Dr. von Weizsäcker has brought a commitment to maintaining the School's elite national standing and a keen interest in the emerging field of resource productivity."

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

    Related Material

    In University Archives:
    • Environmental Studies Program collection, UArch 76.
    • Files on Environmental Science school and degrees in Academic Senate records, UArch 13.
    • File on Environmental Sciences building in Office of Budget and Planning records, UArch 29.
    • Environmental Studies Newsletter and Environmental History Newsletter in University Archives Serials Short Runs.
    • Institute for Crustal Studies collection, UArch 52.
    • College of Engineering collection, UArch 38.
    • Marine Science Institute, UArch 82.
    In Special Collections:
    • Environmental Sciences buildings : notice of impending development. UCSB Office of Budget and Planning. Special Collections LB2341.6.C3 E582 1999.
    Available online via UCSB Library:
    The Bren School maintains a website: http://www.bren.ucsb.edu/