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SUSTAINABILITY

Why Choose Sustainability?

Developed in partnership with renowned conservationist and author, Dr. Meg Lowman, the sustainability minor prepares students to identify the links between environmental, political, and social factors that influence health and development. Through a combination of interdisciplinary courses and immersive, on-location research in the Finger Lakes region, and around the world, students gain first-hand experience engaging with the environmental issues and prepare for careers tackling the major challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.

An Elmira native, “CanopyMeg” is best known for pioneering methods - including walkways, construction cranes, and hot air balloons - to explore tree canopies around the globe, which are home to about half of life on earth. She earned an international reputation as one of the world’s first arbornauts. Learn more about Dr. Lowman and her work.

What Sustainability Will Teach You!

Students will take a combination of interdisciplinary and immersive courses that teach them to identify, describe, and explain the complex local and global links between environmental, political, and social health & development.  They will learn to identify and describe the historical and cultural factors that influence different communities’ understanding of the environment and human-environmental relationships.

Where Sustainability Can Take You!

As environmental hazards place increasing pressure on communities, governments and businesses are consulting with environmental scientists and specialists to help them minimize the impact of their operations and new constructions on the environment. This field is expected to grow by 8% over the next decade, twice the average growth for other careers.

Why Choose Sustainability?

Developed in partnership with renowned conservationist and author, Dr. Meg Lowman, the sustainability minor prepares students to identify the links between environmental, political, and social factors that influence health and development. Through a combination of interdisciplinary courses and immersive, on-location research in the Finger Lakes region, and around the world, students gain first-hand experience engaging with the environmental issues and prepare for careers tackling the major challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.

An Elmira native, “CanopyMeg” is best known for pioneering methods - including walkways, construction cranes, and hot air balloons - to explore tree canopies around the globe, which are home to about half of life on earth. She earned an international reputation as one of the world’s first arbornauts. Learn more about Dr. Lowman and her work.

What Sustainability Will Teach You!

Students will take a combination of interdisciplinary and immersive courses that teach them to identify, describe, and explain the complex local and global links between environmental, political, and social health & development.  They will learn to identify and describe the historical and cultural factors that influence different communities’ understanding of the environment and human-environmental relationships.

Where Sustainability Can Take You!

As environmental hazards place increasing pressure on communities, governments and businesses are consulting with environmental scientists and specialists to help them minimize the impact of their operations and new constructions on the environment. This field is expected to grow by 8% over the next decade, twice the average growth for other careers.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:


Full-time Faculty:

Students in the sustainability minor are encouraged to participate in Term III study abroad, and many science-focused trips count as a science elective in the major. Environmental science students can study marine and island ecology in the Bahamas, Alaskan ecology and environmental issues in Alaska, and island ecology in Hawaii.

Clubs:

  • Environmental and Outdoor Adventure Club

Internships:

A wide range of internship opportunities are available to Elmira College students. For a complete list, please refer to the Elmira College Office of Career Services.


Career Opportunities:

As environmental hazards place increasing pressure on communities, governments and businesses are consulting with environmental scientists and specialists to help them minimize the impact of their operations and new constructions on the environment. This field is expected to grow by 8% over the next decade, twice the average growth for other careers.