Sustainable Development

The goal of the Sustainable Development minor is to advance environmental protection, promote a fair and equitable society, and sustain a robust economy both locally and globally.


Organization Name: 
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Discipline: 
Sustainability
Degree : 
Bachelor's Degree
Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO

In 2006, UCCS established the minor in Sustainable Development to prepare students more fully for the challenges and obligations of the 21st Century. The success of higher education in the future will be judged increasingly by our ability to extend these lessons of sustainability and integrate them into broader society, a point highlighted by the United Nations’ naming 2005-2015 the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Sustainable development, often defined as meeting today’s needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs, attends to three principal fields: environmental protection, social equity, and economic prosperity. The interdisciplinary minor in Sustainable Development includes courses from a variety of departments and colleges at UCCS. Many of these emphasize experiential, project-based, and service learning. The minor is designed to foster a responsible citizenry at UCCS, which in turn contributes to sustainability efforts at local, regional, and national or international scales. Most broadly, the goal of the minor is to advance environmental protection, promote a fair and equitable society, and sustain a robust economy both locally and globally.