Applications for the 2021 Fall Line Course (Re)Design Workshop are now open!

Auburn University faculty interested in developing courses on issues of racial, social, or environmental justice are encouraged to apply.

Group of Students on mountain

Dr. Bhavnani speaking to students in the Solar House

Students on the Water Tour

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. More than three hundred faculty members from fifty-five departments across the University research and teach on sustainability-related topics, ranging from materials science to racial equity.

Auburn University’s Academic Sustainability Program supports and encourages learning, teaching, and research that incorporates sustainability principles in all academic units on campus, and works to enhance interaction between campus operations and academic activities in sustainability. In addition to maintaining a directory of affiliated faculty, we pursue 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.
The Sustainability Compass: Integrating Nature, Economy, Society, and Wellbeing.

“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

Last modified: February 25, 2021