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Sustainability Minor

Top 5 Reasons to Study Sustainability

1. Sustain the Planet ~ Reduce our contribution to the systematic accumulation of materials from the earth’s crust and substances produced by society.
2. Sustain the Economy ~ Create prosperity while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, utilizing abundant & biodegradable materials, using natural resources wisely, and focusing on business models that ensure human rights are respected.
3. Sustain Nature ~ Reduce our contribution to the ongoing physical degradation of nature by focusing on the most productive and efficient use of resources and land.
4. Sustain People ~ Reduce our contribution to conditions that undermine people’s ability to meet their basic needs.
5. Sustain the Future ~ Learn to create a sustainable future in your home, work, school, and community.

The Minor in Sustainability Studies provides an interdisciplinary framework within which students can study the foundations of sustainability, and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development and implementation of sustainable values, practices, technologies, and strategies in our homes, on campus, in the workplace, and in our communities. It emphasizes interconnections between environment, economy and society, and builds a community of faculty and students committed to tackling the complex socio-environmental problems confronting our communities and the world.

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership

Indiana University South Bend graduates with a Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership will learn to: practice transformative thinking to; become an effective change agent; identify and employ the literacies and concepts of sustainability; utilize interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary avenues for learning and application of knowledge of sustainability; demonstrate an ethical sensibility and capacity for empathy, holistic thinking, integration, and complexity by employing a systems approach; use the competencies of innovation and apply them in the use of sustainability as a platform for innovation; apply collaborative and leadership skills; and formulate and implement sustainability action plans and solutions in real-life settings and through civic engagement.