Sustainability

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 Sustainability 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
Key Facts

As a freshman you will take courses that will introduce you to our 10,000 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
Career Options
  • 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
Courses & Objectives

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

  • Integrate political, social, economic, technological, and ecological dimensions of conservation and resource sustainability to make appropriate land use decisions.
  • Analyze concepts, issues and practices related to sustainable food systems from farm to fork at individual, family, community, regional and global levels.
  • Analyze concepts, issues and practices related to cultural sustainability and preservation of traditional arts at individual, family, community, regional and global levels.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate sustainable, entrepreneurial business strategies and projects that incorporate environmental and social consciousness into economic practice.
  • 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.

Sample courses:

  • Green Construction
  • Alternative Energy
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Green Communities Conservation Design
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability Field Experience

More program information and a full course list can be found in the College Catalog. For program planning sheets, click here.

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