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Plan a sustainable schedule with these Spring 2018 courses!

Planning your schedule for Spring 2018?

Check out these fantastic sustainability courses!

Expand your sustainability knowledge by registering for classes that allow you to experience real-life sustainability initiatives and learn how to integrate new perspectives and methods into your own sustainability passion!

Sustainability Studies Courses – Spring 2018

Voices from SUST classes:

Portrait: Andreas Fenner“One of the really cool things about my SUST classes was how interdisciplinary they were. There were students studying everything —economics, business, biology, sociology, philosophy, etc— no other classes I’ve taken has had such a rich mix of perspectives.” – Andreas Fenner, Sustainability Studies Minor alum, ’17


Portrait: Kyle Samejima“The 4004 class gave us real-world experience in planning and executing a sustainability project with a group of people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. It also provided the chance to work on sustainability issues with a sense of community and connection, even though we came at the projects with different passions and talent.” – Kyle Samejima, Sustainability Studies Minor alum, ’17


SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet (3 credits)*

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays  09:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Meets Environment Liberal Education Theme

Introduction to interdisciplinary sustainability studies minor. Scientific, cultural, ethical and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice. Key texts. Participatory classroom environment.


SUST 3017: Environmental Justice (3 credits)  NEW CLASS!

When: Mondays and Wednesdays  01:00 PM – 02:15 PM, Meets Diversity and Social Justice Liberal Education Theme

With a focus on understanding environmental justice, including interconnections between health, economic and environmental disparities, this course shows students how they can take action for sustainability. Students synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and participate in small group collaborative activities, service learning, and digital mapping, all related to contemporary challenges.

SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities (3 credits)*

When: Mondays and Wednesdays 05:40 PM – 06:50 PM

Students synthesize multiple disciplinary perspectives and integrate insights gained from various approaches/methods. Concepts/scholarship related to sustainability. Applying knowledge/experience to real sustainability problems.


SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship & Leadership Projects(2-4 credits)

When: Thursdays 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM

Four to ten hour per week internship experience related to a sustainability theme or approach, such as sustainable foods, green building, renewable energy or environmental justice. Intern in a non profit, governmental, educational or business organization or working on a campus sustainability project, from choices provided or approved by instructor(s). See z.umn.edu/SUST4096options for available internships.


*Core courses for the Sustainability Studies Minor


January Class – Spring 2018

PA 5743: Acara Impact Venture Launchpad- Ideas to Impact

Do you have an idea to create impact? In this one-week 1.5 credit course, you will design a solution to address an environmental or social challenge that you are passionate about.

When: Monday through Friday, January 8 – 12, 2018, 9 – 5pm


Other Sustainability Focused Classes – Spring 2018

EE 1701: Energy, Environment, and Society

Energy from renewables such as solar and wind to combat potentially catastrophic climate change resulting from our use of fossil fuels; electrifying our transportation; ways to increase energy efficiency and energy conservation; need for energy storage to increase the penetration of renewables; role of technology, societal benefits and the ethics.

When: Monday and Wednesday 11:15 AM– 12:30 PM


GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with your Grand Challenge Project Idea

Do you want to learn how to design viable solutions to address a complex social or environmental challenge? Are you interested in taking a course with other motivated students from across the university who care about being changemakers and being mentored by 15 faculty who will be supporting the students in the course? This hands-on course will help you learn the skills to develop solutions to a specific problem that you have worked on in a previous GCC course or a similar project-based class.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15pm



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