Recognizing that the environment, economics, and social justice intersect and impact our perspectives of and experiences in the world, Colorado State University strives to intentionally develop academic programs, research projects, operations initiatives, and engagement campaigns that acknowledge and address this intersectionality.
Here are just a few examples of how the environment, economics, and social justice intersect on a daily basis:
- Low income communities are more likely to be located near polluting facilities and landfills;
- People of color are more likely to live in low income communities and suffer from adverse health effects related to pollution, like asthma and attention deficit disorder;
- Whole and organic foods are typically more expensive than highly processed and fast foods, limiting access to nutritious and sustainable diets;
- Low income students struggle with food insecurity and first generation students and students of color are more likely to experience food insecurity;
- Lack of affordable housing and lack of public transportation can create hardships for low income students and employees who face long commutes and struggle to secure safe and affordable housing
Global Environmental Sustainability Minor
During the 2017-2018 academic year, the GES minor had just over 300 students enrolled. Offered through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and open to all undergraduate students at CSU, the minor requires students to take a range of interdisciplinary courses focused on environmental, economic, and social perspectives of sustainability.
MS in Conservation Leadership
This 17-month Conservation Leadership Specialization within the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department addresses some of the greatest challenges in our society, from climate change to biodiversity loss to energy security and beyond. The program aims to produce leaders who think differently, embrace complexity, and see the human and environmental condition as one intricate system.
MS/PhD in Ecology, specialization in Human-Environment Interactions
Increasing rates of poverty, landlessness, and declining health are co-occurring with rapid shifts in land use, land cover, loss of biodiversity, and global warming. These interconnected human/environmental changes represent a clear risk to the well-being of individuals, communities, and societies now and in the future. Students in this program learn about the human aspects of environmental issues and how to address them on both an individual and systems level.
Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation Studies
By working through the Fulbright Programs and Rotary International, CSU is able to infuse Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the university level in Burundi, East Africa where CSU has an IMOU with the University of Ngozi.
Introduction to Sustainable Design and Construction Course
This 10-day course in Costa Rica offered by the Institute for the Built Environment, focuses on energy, healthy buildings, water efficiency, sustainable materials, solar design, and environmental topics pertinent to the sustainable practices affecting the built environment. Program participants gain knowledge about best practices through experiential learning, field trips, and co-learning among diverse disciplines at an acclaimed eco-tourism demonstration site.