• What does a brighter future mean to you?

    Connect with James Madison University and learn more about how our people and programs are making positive change in the world

    Subscribe to Madison; share your thoughts about the future on the Be the Change blog; or perhaps you'd like to nominate a world changer to be featured on this site.

    Consider this your invitation to
    Be the Change.


Join us to Be the Change


The Rose Presidency
Environment: Stewarding the Natural World

JMU's Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World poster.

Stemming from a presidential commission of 2007, President Rose announced the formation in 2008 of the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World to guide the university's engagement with growing environmental concerns of the JMU community and the world. It coordinates and facilitates existing and new pursuits of sustainability, environmental stewardship and a broader sense of citizenship.

Based on a survey of the JMU faculty, more than 100 professors reported 268 recent or ongoing environmental stewardship scholarly projects, of which 44 percent were student-led. Also, of these 268 projects, 85 receive external funds and 29 have internal funding.

Research projects were reported from the areas of health sciences, humanities, communications, natural sciences, engineering and applied sciences, visual and performing arts, business, and social sciences. Projects included many occurring in international settings.