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The Lobo Growers' Market  will return on September 15 for six consecutive Tuesdays! Join us for an evening with Vandana Shiva on October 13 "Abundance 2015: Earth, Health, & Wellbeing" Mark your calendars for the Local Food Festival in the South Valley on October 11 Want to plug into the sun? Rent the SSP Solar Trailer Or borrow our biodiesel van!
Sustainability Studies Program

MSC 03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Castetter (Biology)

Phone: 505-277-3325
Fax: 505-277-0304

Current Funders

The Sustainability Studies Program is honored to be supported by the following funders:

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation "supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society." A central focus of the foundation is supporting projects that build local food systems and strong communities.

In 2010, the UNM Sustainability Studies Program received a $1.65 million endowment to support an Endowed Chair in Sustainable Environmental Food Systems. The UNM Regents approved the appointment of Professor Bruce Milne as the Endowed Chairperson for this funding. According to Dr. Milne, Director of the Sustainability Studies Program, “Food production and consumption tie human wellbeing to land, water, energy, and culture.  A sustainable approach concerns the wellbeing of the environment now and for future generations. The generous endowment supports education that increases the wellbeing of students and citizens via advances in environmental science and social equity applied to the development of local food systems." 

The UNM project is one of only six similar endowed chairs funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in the United States. The funding is designed to exist in perpetuity.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) competitive grants program is "intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force."

In 2010, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture granted a two-year award of $290,000 to the Sustainability Studies Program for the creation of the UNM Collaborative for Foodshed Development and a summer Foodshed Field School for UNM undergraduates. Objectives of the field school include:

  • Identifying social, economic and political factors that food producers in new Mexico see as constraints to local food production
  • Developing strategies to improve availability of food in New Mexico's urban and rural areas
  • Mastering skills in leadership and communication that allow students to reach out to farmers and members of rural communities and collaborate on relevant research projects
  • Gaining hands-on experience in the development of New Mexico's foodshed and participating in experiential learning opportunities

McCune Charitable Foundation

The McCune Charitable Foundation is "dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, and cultural and spiritual life of New Mexicans." The foundation has awarded two grants to the Sustainability Studies Program for education connected with local food systems. With these grants, a part-time staff person is supported who has researched, developed and taught curriculum for a Growers' Market Practicum course.

The Growers' Market Practicum course was piloted during the Spring 2011 semester and passed the campus approval process to become part of the permanent Sustainability Studies curriculum in Spring 2012. Students explore the history of growers’ markets, their economic and social benefits, and various logistical aspects including feasibility, management, marketing, budgeting, health and safety, permitting, funding, SNAP and WIC Programs, vendor relations, and customer expectations. The course culminates with the student-organized LOBO Growers' Market, held on campus in conjunction with the UNM Sustainability Expo in celebration of Earth Day.