• Global Sustainability Minor (18 Credits)

    Our Future Depends on It

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    Meeting future environmental, societal, and economic challenges will require individuals who understand the complex interactions across scientific, economic, political, and social dimensions. The Global Sustainability Minor at Monmouth reflects the University’s commitment to be a leader in sustainability in the classroom, the region and the world community.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase much faster than the average for all other occupations. This program will provide students with the tools to take a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving local, regional, and global issues.

    Sustainability is generally characterized by three overarching and inter-related concerns:

    • Maintaining ecological and environmental health.
    • Supporting economic development and welfare.
    • Ensuring social justice.

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    The Minor is designed to be accessible and complementary to students studying natural sciences, political science and public policy, social work, health studies, communications, business, and economics, or to any student that is interested in expanding their ability to analyze critical issues facing our society in a multidisciplinary and holistic way.
    Click here to view the minor curriculum.

    Students pursuing this interdisciplinary Minor will examine:

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    • The environmental, social, and economic foundations of sustainability.
    • The policy and scientific challenges involved with accommodating population growth, public health and development needs, and resource use, while assuring that future generations will have the natural and economic resources that support an enhanced quality of life.
    • The scientific and policy efforts needed to optimize the management of environmental, economic, and social resources.
    • Key indicators that can be used to measure sustainability within different disciplines.
    • The roles of governments, markets, and civic organizations in taking actions toward sustainability.
    • The application of sustainable practices in both a local and global context.

    Students interested in the Global Sustainability Minor should contact School of Science Assistant Dean John Tiedemann, the program director at (732) 263-5545 or jtiedema@monmouth.edu

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    We Care, Too

    Monmouth’s commitment to sustainability extends well beyond the curriculum. The University established a Sustainability Advisory Council, and the Environmental Club in partnership with New Jersey Energy Services Corps provides students numerous opportunities to engage on campus and in the community. A number of programs have been implemented on campus to reduce its carbon footprint and generally contribute to a better environment, from Zipcars to and extensive arrays of solar panels to supply energy. On December 23, 2010, Monmouth University received a Certificate of Environmental Stewardship from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. This certificate recognizes us for our “voluntary and proactive measures taken to go beyond compliance in an effort to improve the environment and ensure a sustainable future.” The recognition was specifically for our efforts in six categories: Green Building Implementation; Water Use Reduction; Transportation Energy Use Reduction; Renewable Energy Use; Environmental Enhancement Project; and EPA Voluntary Programs.

    Learn more about how Monmouth University is proactively doing its part to contribute toward a better tomorrow at the SAC initiatives site.