Please see the following message from the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment minor:
I am the adviser for the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) hosted by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (ISEE). I have gotten a lot of feedback that with your help, many undergraduates have decided to enroll in our minor. I really appreciate your support; and commitment to guiding students to follow their passions around sustainability.
For those who may not have heard of the SEE FP minor, I want to offer some basic information so that you can connect interested students with us and provide helpful first steps to enroll. Our minor consists of five course requirements totaling 16-18 credit hours. Our introductory requirement provides students with a broad foundation in sustainability language and environmental issues. The Environmental/Natural Systems and Policy/Economic/Social Dimensions give them a deeper understanding of those aspects of sustainability, while contributing to holistic understanding.
While the introductory courses are available to all students (even those who are not committed to the minor), our final two requirements are specific to the minor and only available to SEE FP students. Our Tools for Sustainability course helps students develop technical skills, focusing on Life-Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis, without any background knowledge required. The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Capstone asks that students apply their skills and knowledge on a real-world project proposed by a corporate or public partner. An example of the type of project work, from this semester, has the students performing a Life-Cycle Assessment of solar panels to determine all the pollutants and resource use that occurs in the manufacturing and transport of the panels. This LCA will then be used as part of an internal sustainability audit for the company to be able to share with their various business partners and to report their overall environmental impact. This focus on application and simulation of post-graduate experience is what really makes our minor unique.
This minor is open to all students and does not require any previous experience. In order to make it more accessible to a broad range of students, I am in the process of expanding the courses that fulfill the requirement of the minor. This should, hopefully, allow students to focus on sustainability within their major and reduce the number of additional credit hours they would need to take by participating in this minor.
Thank you so much for your time and the opportunity to connect with excited students. If you find students that are excited to participate in this minor, they can either apply through the link on our website or follow up with me directly at email@example.com
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.