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Global and Sustainable Development

Global Challenges, Innovative Solutions

Our planet confronts unprecedented social and environmental challenges, from income disparity to climate change. Sustainability holds the promise to better balance economic growth, environmental protection, and social justice. Those working in sustainable development combine passion and commitment with innovative techniques to build a better future, at home and abroad.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Sustainable development experts apply integrative perspectives and practical skills to

  • understand dynamic human and environmental relationships
  • analyze and map patterns of resource use and development
  • design innovative solutions and imagine alternative futures
  • implement effective policies for addressing global and local problems

Integrating Humans and EnvironmentRoof Garden

Majors in Geography (international emphasis) and Urban and Regional Planning Majors (cities) focus on

  • human and environmental interactions, local and global
  • economic development, resource management, and urbanization
  • principles and practices in sustainability and social justice
  • green planning, design, and technology

Sustainable Careers

Diverse and purposeful careers include

  • International/Social Development Specialist
  • Urban Planner
  • Sustainability Professional
  • Diplomacy Foreign Service
  • Natural Resource Manager

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