Colleges Introduce Sustainability into Curriculum

23 03 2009

Many universities and colleges across the country have embraced the green trend by initiating education and outreach activities, but some schools have taken it one step further.

Montclair State University in Montclair, N. J. and Arizona State University are among the colleges across the country that have added sustainability classes to their curriculum.

Click here for a NBC News report about this trend.

According to a recent New York Times story, Dr. Saarkar, a professor at MSU, helped start  a PHD program in environmental management. His goal, according to the New York Times, is “to produce scientists who understand policy, and policy people who understand science”.

Saarkar is responsible for recruiting PHD students and  is looking for students interested in such areas as  green technology, alternative energy sources, global climate change and human health.

ASU is the first college in the country to create a school focused on sustainability, located at the main campus in  Tempe, A.Z., where my brother attends.

ASU has two options: a BA in sustainability  or a BS in sustainability. According to the university’s website, the B.S. program “introduces students to the concept of sustainability in the context of real world problems, exploring the interaction of environmental, economic, and social systems” and is best suited “to those inclined toward natural resources, economics and engineering.” Students can choose from a variety of tracks: sustainable energy and technology, materials and technology, economics of sustainability, and sustainable ecosystems. The B.A. program, the website says, is best suited to those inclined toward social sciences, planning or related fields.

My brother has decided to do the B.A. program.

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23 03 2009
T. Caine

This is very promising. I think the largest problem with sustainability is ignorance. People are just not educated in either the full range of the problems or the array of the solutions. To have college students (hopefully eventually high school students) become fluent in the language of environmental stewardship before they enter the professional world has to help our progress. Dollars spent on supporting green school programs probably do much more for the movement than dollars spent on marketing. Good luck to your brother!

23 03 2009
GreenLife

Thank you very much! I wish I had a program like that at my school! Thanks for your interest

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