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Penn State to launch new minor in sustainability leadership

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Faculty Senate has approved a new intercollege minor in Sustainability Leadership, open to students in any major. Administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education and a committee of faculty from across the colleges and campuses of the university, the new program is scheduled to launch in Fall 2011. Advising for the minor will be handled by Penn State’s Center for Sustainability (CfS).

“All academic fields have a contribution to make in helping to solve global sustainability challenges. We’re delighted to be able to offer this minor to students across all disciplines,” said CfS associate director Susannah Barsom. “One of the primary goals for the minor is to prepare these students who are passionate about sustainability to make positive change in the world, no matter what their field of study.”

Requirements for the 18-credit minor include a new course, Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability (SUST 200) and a capstone project that will provide students the opportunity to gain experience applying sustainability principles in the field.

A wide variety of courses from across the Penn State curriculum will be eligible for inclusion in the minor, allowing students to select sustainability classes from their major requirements and their general education electives.

“Through coursework and immersive experiences, students will develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will help them become leaders in applying sustainability concepts to their respective fields,” said Barsom.

For more information on the intercollege minor in sustainability leadership, visit: online. 

Last Updated September 20, 2011