Sustainability in Academics

Research, teaching and learning are some of the most improtant ways in which transformative change in higher education will have lasting and far-reaching impact on buildling just, sustainable communities.  Our approach includes education inside and outside the classroom, enhancing creative systems-level thinking about sustainability, climate action, environmental justice. 

List of Sustainability-related Courses

From the 2018-2019 Course Catalog, we have succesffully categorized sustainabiility central/related courses for all undergraduate courses, including January Term. You can search courses within our four schools (SEBA, SOS, KSOE, SOLA) and based on keywords (e.g., agriculture) in the archived inventory of courses (also found below).

A sampling of sustainability courses include:

  • "Community Service"
  • "California Flora and Communities"
  • "Environment and Society"
  • "Nature Writing"
  • "Urban Environmental Issues"
  • "Natural Resource Economics"
  • "Environmental Politics"
  • "Environmental Law and Regulation"
  • "U.S. Environmental History"
  • "Latin American Environmental History" 
  • "Scientific & Religious Perspectives on the Environment"

Sustainability-Related Degree Programs and Courses 

BA in Economics with a concentration in Sustainability Studies

BA/BS in Environmental Science & Studies (ES&S)

It's important to understand the consequences of the continuing changes we make to our environment. The Environmental Science and Studies program will give you a unique, layered perspective on the ecosystems, the interaction between physical and living systems, and the effects of human society on the world around us.

    JCL coursework

    Numerous Justice, Community and Leadership (JCL) courses (130, 150) utilize Campus Sustainability as a partner in their academic work. Past co-curricular work has included the creation of the Free Store, a visioning workshop on sustainability and the mapping of physical assets on our campus.

    The Annual Academic Sustainability Symposium 

    Since 2016, the Academic Subcommittee of the Sustainability Committee has hosted an annual Sustainability Symposium with the goal of bringing faculty, staff and students together to share their research and teaching materials related to sustainability.  The Symposium has also been a space to host guest lectures, review seminal literature, and discuss the importance of incorporating sustainability into course curriculum across divisions and departments. Click here for the 2018 Agenda of the Sustainanability Symposium.

    Sutainability Engaged Faculty

    You can search for faculty within our four schools (SEBA, SOS, KSOE, SOLA) that conduct sustainability research (also found below).