Sustainability Studies

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Choose a Sustainability Studies minor and study the major issues of our time.

Why environmental sustainability?
Environmental sustainability is clearly a defining issue of the 21st century. Alarming patterns of environmental degradation have emerged since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Creating social, systematic, and commercial structures that reverse this trend by explicitly acknowledging and nurturing the interconnectedness of the natural and human environment is the main challenge facing Rider's graduates.  Educators, entrepreneurs, chemists, journalists, psychologists and analysts will all need to understand the ways that our economic, natural and social systems work together to sustain the collective human enterprise.

The sustainability studies minor complements any major at Rider. 
Concentrating on the interdependence of natural, economic and human systems, this program helps students explore the complex task of protecting the earth while generating economic welfare and ensuring social justice.  Because the program draws on a network of approaches (social, scientific, practical), students completing the minor will be equipped to take on increasingly pressing challenges in areas ranging from education and energy, communications and design to ecosystems management, business and government.

Our program provides students with opportunities to get under the hood, exploring what “going green” really means.  Coursework is application-intensive.  The introductory course will expose you to a wide range of issues, from food to packaging, from natural lands preservation to building sustainable communities.  Other coursework complements your exploration of these issues.  We have a broad range of internship and independent study opportunities for interested students.  The capstone course brings together a team of Sustainability Studies Minors to address a real problem on our campus, hopefully making significant changes along the way.

These experiences will give you a leg up in the marketplace, regardless of your major course of study.  Knowing how carbon footprinting is done, familiarizing yourself with triple bottom line accounting, connecting social, environmental and economic systems will all serve you well in the coming century.

Contact Information

Headshot of Daniel Druckenbrod
Director of Sustainability; Associate Professor
SCI 323F

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