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Sustainability Studies

What is Sustainability Studies?

The interdisciplinary field of Sustainability Studies was developed in response to the growing need for environmental literacy and awareness as a solution to unsustainable human behavior and environmental degradation. Sustainability means long-lasting health, integrity, diversity, and vitality for all living systems – including individual, community, ecosystem, and biome.

Stony Brook’s Sustainability Studies’ academic programs include interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary instruction in sustainable development, urban and suburban planning, landscape architecture, environmental policy, law and political science, environmental justice, economics, ecology, systems thinking, green chemistry, geographic information systems and science, geography, geology, climate change and resiliency, coastal studies, environmental health, food studies, natural resources, eco-philosophy, anthropology, environmental history, eco-aesthetics, and environmental humanities (including literature, media, film and cultural studies). The program curriculum includes extensive collaborative and interactive learning, problem solving, and direct hands-on engagement.

Graduates from the Sustainability Studies Program are prepared to enter a variety of careers and graduate programs including education, law, politics, policy and planning, journalism, business, landscape and architectural design, renewable energy, conservation, marine sciences, forestry, environmental health, food studies, and the arts, among others. “Green Job” growth is steadily rising and is outpacing most other employment areas. The study of sustainability teaches students to be proactive, critical and creative thinkers who seek and find solutions to environmental problems.

Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook offers five majors, six minors and a graduate certificate in GIS, as well as a Fast-track BA-MBA.

News From Sustainability Studies

Worm Lab Research Discovers Crumb Rubber Contains Heavy Metals

Chemosphere, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on environmental contaminants, has published a paper from the Sustainability Studies Earthworm Ecotoxicology Lab: Pochron, S., Fiorenza, A., Sperl, C., Ledda, B., Patterson, C., Tucker, C., … & Panico, N. (2017)....

SBU Mentors 21 Regeneron Finalists

Photo above: Regeneron Science Talent Search finalist Caitlin Gormley from Sayville Highschool standing with her GIS project Long Island as a region produced a total of 58 first-round prizewinners in the renamed Regeneron Science Talent Search (the competition was...

SoMAS 2016 Retrospective Banquet

Many thanks for those that joined us on December 14, 2016 for our Holiday Retrospective with great food and people. The highlight was when Santa arrived and the little ones all got a ride with him. A special thank you to those who helped organize the event including...

EDP Student Examines the 2016 Election

In Dr. Jim Quigley's SBC 308 - American Environmental Politics course, students are tasked to compose a 500 word Op-Ed.  Soo Hyun Ahn, a Junior Environmental Design, Policy and Planning student in the class, chose to write his essay on the environmental effects of a...

Coffee with Hx2: Kristen Iversen

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Kristen Iversen; author of the acclaimed book, Full Body Burden. They discuss Full Body Burden, a nonfiction investigative memoir about Rocky Flats, a plutonium factory (nuclear weapons) in Colorado.

Coffee with Hx2: Ellen Weininger

Join us in this interview with Ellen Weininger; Director Educational Outreach at Grassroots Environmental Education.

Coffee with Hx2: Courtney Williams

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Courtney Williams; cancer researcher who brings over a decade of experience and the molecular mechanisms of disease to parse the emerging data on the health and environmental impacts of shale gas development.

Coffee with Hx2: Dr. John Warner

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Dr.John Warner; Green Chemist, about the need for "safe" and non-toxic green chemistry, and safe products. He calls for the re-education of chemistry students and scholars, so that they design and create products with...

Coffee with Hx2: Wahleah Johns

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with Wahleah Jones; employee of Black Mesa Water Coalition, a nonprofit organization working toward building healthy and sustainable communities on Navajo Nation and across the southwest.

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