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. 

La Montañita Co-op

La Montañita Co-op supports the communities of New Mexico through a number of ongoing projects and initiatives. We’re always trying to be a better and more helpful part of the community. The Co-op is proud to be able to support your aspirations of positively impacting our planet through sustainable farming and ecological conservation.”

The La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship, “benefits students who have declared Sustainability Studies as their interdisciplinary minor at UNM. Preference is given to those choosing Food Systems as their area of concentration.  The Food Systems concentration within the Sustainability Studies program is vital for continuing to enhance and grow New Mexico’s local foodshed. “Foodshed” is a term describing the regional food economy.”

The La Montañita Co-op has awarded scholarships to six UNM Sustainability Students in the years of 2016-2017.  The UNM Sustainability Studies Program matched the La Montañita’s donation.

Below is a current list of La Montañita Co-op Marshall Kovitz Memorial Scholarship recipients:

Amy Sedillo, Carly Anderson, Coleen Geraghty, Christina Hoberg, Pam Quintana and Keith Knutila.