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“Sustainability is not just about helping the environment. It’s about supporting communities, building economies, and preserving personal health and well-being. A sustainable solution often looks at the long-term effects in all the areas as opposed to short term gains in one area. Considering the social, the economic, and the environmental factors of a solution is why it is important to bring people together from all backgrounds to work on an interdisciplinary team.”

– Kiara Macdonald, Class of 2021

Sustainability is a rapidly growing field of studies, and is the focus of new interdisciplinary certificates, centers, and degree programs at universities across the country. There is increasing demand for students with training and job skills for the green economy, and a widening array of sustainability-related careers to choose from. Sustainability studies seek to improve environmental health, social justice, economic development, and individual well-being through the integration of disciplinary perspectives from across the university. Auburn’s sustainability-affiliated faculty and students study and engage with a host of topics, of which the following is just a partial list:

  • Affordable housing
  • Climate change
  • Community planning
  • Conservation
  • Forest economics
  • Ecological engineering
  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental literature, ethics, history, and sociology
  • Fisheries, wildlife, and natural resources management
  • Food systems, agriculture, and society
  • Gender equity
  • Global consumer culture
  • Hunger and resource distribution
  • Land use planning
  • Permaculture and organic gardening
  • Rural and urban poverty
  • Racial justice and inequality
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable engineering and architectural design
  • Urban ecology, geography, and development
  • Water resources and management

For questions related to advising for the minor,

contact the CLA Advisor for Sustainability, Mr. Ross Blair.

The Sustainability Compass: Integrating Nature, Economy, Society, and Wellbeing.

Auburn University’s Academic Sustainability Program supports and encourages learning, teaching, and research that incorporates sustainability principles in all academic units on campus, and to enhance interaction between campus operations and academic activities in sustainability. We work towards this mission through four principle activities:

  1. Oversight of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability Studies.
  2. Support for faculty seeking to incorporate  sustainability themes in the classroom via curriculum development workshops and consultation.
  3. Support for the development of interdisciplinary research programs and collaborations that include ideas and issues in sustainability.
  4. Coordination with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management to enhance the use of campus operations as examples and projects in our courses and research, and to use our research and teaching to inform and support the development of sustainable operations on campus.

Last modified: August 28, 2020