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Sustainability

Welcome to the Sustainability Program

The Sustainability Program at the University of Dayton provides our students an understanding and appreciation of the interdisciplinary aspects of sustainability, energy, and the environment. Our goal is to equip students with the tools to implement sustainability in their careers. For the latest sustainability news, click here for the Hanley Sustainability blog.

 

Academic Programs

Approved in Spring 2019, and beginning in Fall 2019, students can choose from the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability.

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The Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (SEE) Minor at the University of Dayton strives to provide (students) a deep understanding and appreciation of the interdisciplinary aspects of sustainability, energy, and the environment and to equip students with the tools to implement sustainability in their careers – here at UD and beyond. Students in the SEE program engage with faculty, staff, peers, student organizations, and local community partners to achieve hands-on experience through integrative learning, research, service, and community events.

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Students earning the Certificate in Sustainability (SUS) take two sustainability courses: Foundations in Sustainability and Applied Sustainability. They also choose six semester hours of coursework from the social sciences, the physical sciences and engineering, allowing them to custom fit the certificate to their personal and professional goals and needs.

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In the News
Sustainability 08.08.19
Solar prairie blooms into a 'living laboratory'

In less than two years, the University of Dayton has transformed the front lawn of Daniel J. Curran Place into a “living laboratory” dedicated to sustainability. A solar array was installed in 2018 and a pollinator prairie was planted under those panels this spring. Those projects work hand in hand, according to Hanley Sustainability Institute student leader Elise Erhart. The solar prairie is the among the first in Ohio.

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Sustainability 05.17.19
Bachelor's Degrees in Sustainability

The University of Dayton board of trustees today approved bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in sustainability, which students can start in August 2019. According to a 2017 report published by the Environmental Defense Fund and Climate Corps, the number of sustainability jobs has increased by about 1 million in the last six years.

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Sustainability 05.07.19
Improving Access to Renewable Energy

The European Union has awarded University of Dayton researcher Bob Brecha a two-year, $200,000 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to work with Berlin-based Climate Analytics on bringing renewable energy to developing countries and examining the impact on areas accessing electricity for the first time. Only about 14 percent of applicants receive the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.

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Sustainability 03.20.19
UN Environmental Assembly

Rebecca Potter, director of the University of Dayton sustainability studies program and associate professor of English, was a panelist discussing sustainable education last week at the United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CONTACT

Sustainability Studies Program

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2964
937-229-3440
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