Environment and Sustainability
The Environment and Sustainability Program focuses on the interactions of humans and the natural environment. Specifically, the Program studies the structure and function of natural systems, examines how social, political, and economic activity impacts those systems, and experiments with resilient solutions to unsustainable
Goals of the Environment and Sustainability Program include:
• Applying the knowledge and methods of natural sciences to understand and analyze environmental problems and solutions.
• Implementing social science findings and frameworks to develop local, national, and global sustainable solutions.
• Using the insights of environmental history, literature, and ethics to inform current decision making.
• Developing interdisciplinary critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills to foster community and ecological resilience.
• Fostering leadership in sustainability, effective environmental citizenship, and career and advanced study opportunities in environmental fields.
Applying classroom learning, ENVS students have:
- Coordinated major service projects with environmental organizations and public lands agencies.
- Completed Senior Capstone projects, which have ranged from a wilderness plan for the Black Canyon National Park, to a campus organic garden, to environmental education in local schools, to researching a carbon tax for the Gunnison Valley, to helping envision the new environmentally responsible home for Environment and Sustainability.
- Traveled to Kenya to install solar panels, build environmental education facilities, and study rainforest issues.