There are many definitions of sustainability, but the U of A uses the following, derived from the Brundtland Commission's standard set in 1987:
Sustainability means meeting the needs of current generations, while enhancing the ability of future generations to meet their needs
No! All students are welcome to enroll in sustainability courses, the minor, or graduate certificate so long as they meet all course requisites.
Regardless of whether you are already enrolled in the Graduate School, you will need to complete a new Graduate School application for the certificate program.
Subscribing to the sustainability minor email list is a great way to stay informed about upcoming service opportunities related to sustainability. You can also check the Volunteer Action Center via GivePulse to see all upcoming volunteer events in the area. If you are in a SUST course or enrolled in the minor, you should already be on the listserv. If not, you can easily sign up here.
You can sign up for the monthly and weekly newsletter. This weekly newsletter includes announcements about campus events and any opportunities that are of interest to sustainability students while the monthly newsletter is aimed at getting you involved in keeping our community sustainable. It includes important dates and events in the community.
Sustainability is a new and emerging field, but it is something that is relevant to every discipline and every career. Even if you aren’t aiming for a career in sustainability itself, having this experience will empower you to be a leader and innovator among your peers and colleagues. Some careers that work directly with sustainability might involve:
- Advocacy Specialist
- Atmospheric Scientist
- Biochemists and Materials Scientist
- Business Operations specialist
- Chemical and Environmental Engineer
- Chief Executive/Vice President of Sustainability
- Climate Change Risk Assessor and Mitigation Expert
- Community Organizer
- Compliance Officer
- Conservation Scientist
- Energy Managers
- Environmental Economist
- Environmental Scientist
- General and Operations Manager
- Greenhouse Gas Analyst
- Health and Safety Engineer
- Industrial and Civil Engineer
- Industrial Production Managers
- Landscape Architect
- LEED Accredited Architect
- Measurement and Verification Expert
- Permaculture Designer/Contractor
- Policy Analyst
- Program Manager
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Sustainability Entrepreneur
- Sustainability manager
- Transportation Planner
- Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager
If you are teaching a course with content prominently related to sustainability, and it is not already included in the electives for either the sustainability minor or the graduate certificate in sustainability, we invite you to send your syllabus to Melinda Smith at email@example.com or in Vol Walker Hall. Please include a brief explanation of why you believe your course belongs in the sustainability curriculum. The syllabus will be reviewed and considered by the Sustainability Technical Advisory Committee.