What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is the careful stewardship of natural, social, and economic resources to help meet our present needs without compromising the needs of future generations.
Sustainable practice and development requires a commitment to environmental justice and the idea that costs and risks should not be shouldered by any one region or segment of society.
What is the Sustainability Minor?
The sustainability minor offers an integrative, interdisciplinary approach that will prepare you to address the challenges and ethical responsibilities of sustainable development.
You will explore the theory and practice of sustainability in a number of different disciplines, including:
The minor includes three introductory courses, three electives, and a capstone course. Learn more about program requirements for the sustainability minor.
What Can I Do With a Minor in Sustainability?
The economic and societal issues related to sustainability are increasingly important to employers, making a minor in sustainability a valuable component of a liberal arts education.
The sustainability minor is meant to complement and integrate into your area of major study. Your professors and advisors will help you establish the meaningful connections that exist among all fields.
Potential careers in the area of sustainability include:
- Conservation or environmental scientist
- Natural resources manager
- Environmental engineer
Even if you are not looking for a career specifically in sustainability, this minor will provide the added value of both the breadth of a liberal arts education and the integration of science, ethics, economics, and many other important fields.
Creating a Sustainable Future
A sustainable future can only be accomplished through an integrative approach with contributions from all aspects of society.
Sustainability includes motivating environmentally responsible decisions from personal choices to business plans to international policy. It includes developing innovative solutions to pollution, resource use, and transportation. And it involves local, regional, national, and international policy.
In short, sustainability is an essential, central concept for a harmonious, healthy, and productive society.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt