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Be a leader in sustainability.

Our major in sustainability trains future leaders with the knowledge, skills and values needed to address today's social and environmental challenges. You will join more than 100 sustainability scholars and the Hanley Sustainability Institute in research, education and hands-on learning, both on-campus and in the community. Experiential learning, research and campus engagement are at the core of your education.

  • 88%

    growth in majors this past academic year

  • 100%

    of majors complete a community-based senior project with real-world impact

  • 3

    years UD has been ranked as a Sierra Cool School in sustainability

Our interdisciplinary program prepares students for sustainability-related jobs that require a broad range of knowledge and skills. The major can be tailored to those wanting to work with energy or watershed initiatives or those wanting to influence public policy, such as urban planning and food-sourcing.

Credit-bearing experiential learning and internship opportunities are integrated into the degree. A variety of experiential learning options provide students the opportunity to work with more than 100 sustainability scholars to pursue all aspects of the field.

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The Hanley Sustainability Institute is working with the University and Dayton communities to make progress towards our goals of a more sustainable campus and community, and becoming a national leader in sustainability education.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about sustainability? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-1295. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Hanley Sustainability Institute Representatives and Leaders Program

The HSI Sustainability Leaders program provides positions to students, that give them the opportunity to gain professional experience and leadership in their area of interest, and also the ability to combine that expertise with a passion for more sustainable communities.

The River Stewards

River Stewards is a three year community engaged learning and leadership program focused on rivers and watersheds. Stewards provide service to the community, and work together to develop a project in their senior year.

Sustainability Club

A service and social action club with an emphasis on food, water and waste on campus and in the Dayton community.

Social Justice Learning-Living Community

This integrated learning-living community is for students of any major. Students in this ILLC are invited to think critically about the myriad approaches to social justice and sustainability by integrating material from several different disciplines.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Sustainability Program

Fitz Hall, Room 585
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2950


newest major in the College of Arts and Sciences