Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes

Learn to connect people with the environment through positive advocacy, policy, education and entrepreneurial practices focused on durable landscapes, sustainable food systems and resilient communities. Graduates of the Sustainable Communities and Working Landscapes program will:

  • Make appropriate land-use decisions based on a variety of factors
  • Understand the concepts, issues and practices related to sustainable food systems from the individual to the global levels
  • Help communities preserve culture and traditional arts
  • Develop entrepreneurial business strategies that incorporate environmental and social consciousness into economic practice
  • Help communities create and maintain natural resource and cultural sustainability under a range of conditions
Fast Facts

As a freshman you will take courses that will introduce you to our 14,000 acres of managed college forestlands, visit a variety natural resource management institutions such as the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Wild Center. You will also take courses that integrate political, social, economic, technological and ecological dimensions of conservation and resource sustainability aimed at appropriate decision making.

We have community gardens, Mongolian yurts, immersion semesters, and great study abroad opportunities in sustainable Iceland.

  • B.S. Degree
  • Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120
  • Upper Division Credits Required (300/400 level): 45
  • Liberal Arts Credits Required: 60
Great Careers
  • Institutional Sustainability Coordinator
  • Urban Planner
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Extension Education
  • Energy/environmental Engineer
  • Organic Food Producer
  • Energy and Waste Disposal Specialist
  • Wind Energy Developer
Program Objectives

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Durable Landscapes
    • Integrate political, social, economic, technological, and ecological dimensions of conservation and resource sustainability to make appropriate land use decisions.
  • Sustainable Food Systems
    • Analyze concepts, issues and practices related to sustainable food systems from farm to fork at individual, family, community, regional and global levels.
  • Resilient Communities
    • Analyze concepts, issues and practices related to cultural sustainability and preservation of traditional arts at individual, family, community, regional and global levels
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate sustainable, entrepreneurial business strategies and projects that incorporate environmental and social consciousness into economic practice
  • Environmental Outreach
    • Facilitate opportunities for collaboration and public participation around natural resource and cultural sustainability and work to create and maintain effective collaborations under a range of social-economic conditions
Key Courses
  • Green Construction
  • Alternative Energy
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Green Communities Conservation Design
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability Field Experience

RODERICK'S ICELANDIC EXPERIENCE

A weekly aspect of our education in the Eco village was service learning in various departments of the community. 

With more than one hundred people currently residing in Sólheimar, and forty-three individuals with special needs, the goal is now to give every individual an opportunity to live in a sustainable society »

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