What is Deep Sustainability and how does it differ from conventional thought? Learn the pillars of sustainability and how these two schools of thought differ.Download Now
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Deep SustainabilitySM in any community.
Deep Sustainability means:
In the Master’s in Sustainable Living we support all of our students’ passions. Whether you are someone who wants to create all-new systems or someone who wants to change and improve systems that are already in place, we can help you achieve your goals.
Revolutionaries tend to push boundaries and deeply question existing
human systems. They feel that trying to fix what they see as unsustainable
organizations is often a waste of time and prefer to spend their energy
imagining new realities and designing creative solutions to implement them.
Transformers recognize the value of existing structures and strive to work
at high levels within existing organizations and structures, creating change
from within. They enjoy tinkering with the complex puzzles that are existing
structures. They are energized by the challenge of learning to move within
the system in order to be in a position to make true change.
Students will all go through the first year as a cohort taking an integrated sequence of courses. About half of that time is spent working with professors and experts in the classroom or on field trips. The rest of the time will focus on mentored semester or year-long local projects co-designed and run by students.
Beginning in the second year students have the option to work on mentored field projects where they gain valuable knowledge and experience specific to their unique interests, or do research oriented work on sustainability. Students produce a report or thesis of publishable quality
Students will come out of this program more emotionally intelligent and able to solve problems by transitioning existing systems to deep sustainability. They will be able to identify, design, manage, and measure an effective project and start a successful organization.
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Applicants for the MA in Sustainable Living need a BA or BS in Sustainability, Environmental Studies, or an equivalent.Learn More
Learn more about the specific courses offered in the Master's in Sustainable Living program. The program courses provide a mix of knowledge based in Advanced Ecological Design, Social Responsibility and Holistic Community Development. Learn how to create a truly sustainable world.View Our Courses
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