The University of Tennessee recognizes sustainability as a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field with practical applications across all sectors of the global workforce and offers many ways to learn more about sustainability through academics.
In the Classroom
The UT Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a sustainability major and minor. Students studying sustainability aim to develop the skills necessary to create a society that reduces its impact on the natural environment, creates a healthy economy, and meets the social and emotional needs of its citizens.
Research and Internships
The Sustainability Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to create and execute a project on an Office of Sustainability program or initiative. In addition, the Student Environmental Initiatives Facilities Fee (Green Fee) offers funding up to $100,000 for design and research projects. This fund is dedicated to projects across all academic departments that will benefit the University, with an emphasis on operational projects to be completed by Facilities Services or an outside firm as needed.
Studying abroad allows students to have wonderful and challenging experiences that will allow them to grow and prepare them to address environmental issues in today’s globalizing world. If you are interested in studying abroad with a focus on sustainability, please visit the study abroad website and use the sustainability filter under field of study in the program search.