Sustainability Minor

Clemson University

Date Posted: July 10, 2019
Submitted by: Genevieve LaMarr LeMee
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The Sustainability Minor is open to all majors. The program is designed to familiarize students with the core values of sustainability, and gain an in-depth knowledge of why and how sustainability is approached.

Learning Outcomes

Scales of sustainability: Define sustainability in 3 dimensions (environmental, social, economic) Apply sustainability concepts on local and global scales Integrate sustainability study and practice into the surrounding community Evaluate the history of development through mercantilism, imperialism, capitalism * Assess the long term cultural and environmental impacts that shape our world today

Fundamental issues of sustainability: Evaluate current and potential future impacts of sustainability issues including: Global climate and climate change; Food; Energy; Water; Environmental Degradation Evaluate how sustainability impacts social and intergenerational justice

Systems thinking for sustainability: Understand basic principles of systems thinking Evaluate the role of their major in sustainability issues * Recognize interrelated systems

Evaluate tools for implementing/measuring sustainability: Evaluate the costs and benefits of sustainability (see that it is not always more expensive) Perform a Life cycle analysis and assessment * Measure impacts of point source pollution prevention; and cradle-to-cradle and lean manufacturing

Change agents for sustainability: Practice change agent skills for sustainability Practice group processes Identify and address the root of problems, even when it seems to go against the status quo or social norms Apply a new or changed mindset to your personal life

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