New Environmental Sustainability Major Offered

Meredith College is launching a new major this fall, becoming one of the first colleges in North Carolina to offer an interdisciplinary major focused on environmental sustainability.

"Our program is unique because it is grounded in the liberal arts and offers a broad overview of elements of sustainability," said Meredith Sustainability Coordinator Laura Fieselman. "This aspect of the program allows it to stand alone but also makes it pair well with other programs at Meredith."

Meredith's environmental sustainability major/minor is focused on three foundations: natural and mathematical sciences, social sciences, and economics and communication.

The flexible nature of the environmental sustainability major at Meredith College allows students to tailor a program that fits their professional interests. Students take liberal arts courses, such as environmental ethics, economics and politics, in addition to science and math classes and also participate in a research or internship experience.

The new program will prepare students for a wide variety of jobs in a growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 10% of new jobs by 2038 will be "green" careers.

An environmental sustainability major offers access to a diverse array of potential careers. Community planner, environmental consultant, environmental engineer, environmental lawyer, environmental scientist, technician, surveyor, corporate or non-profit sustainability coordinator, socially responsible business owner and green designer are among potential career options.

Students can combine the environmental sustainability major with another major, such as business, design, politics or art to expand their career options even further.

Sustainability at Meredith College
The new Environmental Sustainability program also builds upon the College's commitment to sustainability. In 2008, Meredith's first sustainability coordinator was hired. The College's greenprint plan for integrating sustainability into its practices in education and daily operations was developed in 2009. The Oaks, Meredith's student apartments, are the College's first LEED Silver certified construction.

Date Submitted: 2010-08-23

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