The certificate would not have been
possible without Innovate funding, both
professors say, and students are thrilled
with the offering so far. Several students are
participating in classes that are a part of the
interdisciplinary program and a lot of interest
is bubbling up for the fall courses.
“There’s a lot of excitement from the
students in getting to see very different
frameworks,” Marzec says.
“The world is really facing some fairly
unprecedented, connected, and interlinked
sustainability challenges—the use of fossil
fuels, climate change, and other new and
complicated threats,” Raymond says. “No one
discipline can solve these problems. But there
are people who can work together to solve
By Dorothy Wallheimer.
Environmental and Sustainability
Studies was developed by English professor
Robert Marzec and political science professor
Leigh Raymond, director of the Center for
The pair hopes the program will bring
a big picture view to students who will
eventually need to understand and be
able to communicate with people from
other academic backgrounds. The 15-hour
certificate brings together courses and faculty
from across campus, including the colleges of
Engineering, Agriculture, and Liberal Arts.
“The discourse about sustainability needs
to be expanded so more of an audience can be
built around real, diverse conversations about
the environment,” Marzec says. “A farmer
from one country is going to have a different
perspective than one from another country
and from the public that wonders: ‘Why do I
even care about soil erosion?’”
Photo by Karsten Würth.
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