Fresh is always best! Learn how to build four innovative DYI greenhouses with this step-by-step guide and grow produce in your yard all year round!
Our program, established in 2003, was the first degree program in Sustainable Living in the country. We are currently the #4 ranked Environmental Science University in the US (link).
We attract students from all over the world who are looking to make a difference. Students graduate with the knowledge, hands-on skills, and confidence they need to help design, build, and maintain sustainable communities at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
Be at the forefront of the fast growing sustainable field and help create a healthier, more conscious world for future generations. At MUM, students focus on all aspects of creating a sustainable world with practical knowledge and hands-on learning.
Change yourself to change the world. Our Sustainable Living program focuses on both the inner and outer development of each of our students. We believe this is one key to solving today’s environmental and societal problems.
MUM’s Sustainable Living Program is specifically designed to integrate sustainability—environmental, economic, and socially responsible practices—with a traditional collegiate education so that students can harness the power of sustainability for good in the world.
— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Sustainable Living Center
Uses principles from Maharishi Vedic Architecture, Building Biology, LEED & the Cascadia Living Building Challenge
Earn your degree in a truly sustainable building. Completed in 2012, MUM’s new Sustainable Living center is the perfect educational environment for learning about sustainability. This building utilizes the most practical green building techniques and showcases them through informative displays to both students and visitors. The center combines classrooms, faculty offices, and a workshop under one unique roof.
Additionally, the Sustainable Living Center is not the only place on campus that is focused on sustainability and green initiatives. As you explore our campus, you will find passive solar utilized in the student dining hall, (renewable, ecologically friendly flooring) recycling in dorms, organic grounds maintenance, restorative prairie, compositing, campus greenhouses and local, organic food in our dining halls. Read more about all our campus sustainability initiatives.
This course will change everything you think you know about soil! Here is an amazing opportunity to learn from Dr. Elaine Ingham, one of the leading expert on soil biology in the United States. This course will teach you how to create life sustaining soil by delving deeply into aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and more!
To provide a solid base for further study, we offer all our Sustainable Living students a complete set of core courses. Students then have the option of picking a specific track of focus, such as: Fundamentals of Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Applied Soil Ecology, Sustainability and the Built Environment, or Agriculture & Food.
Learn more about the specific courses offered in the Sustainable Living program. The program courses provide a mix of theoretical knowledge, along with hands on practical activities. All courses work to train students in the core competencies needed for creating sustainable communities.
In the Sustainable Living Program our vision, mission, goals, and learning outcomes function in an integrated system.How Sustainable are YOU?
An important feature of our department is visiting faculty — nationally renowned figures in the Sustainable Living movement who come to teach a one-block (4-week) course.Come meet us!
Be a climate change mitigator by earning a degree in Sustainable Living. Learn more about how climate change is affecting our world — and what you can do to help.Be A Part of the Solution
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a renowned physicist, social advocate and environmental activist. She has written twenty books, her most recent being Making Peace with the Earth. She spoke wi...
May 21st, 2015 saw MUM’s 2015 graduation commencement speaker Dr. Yukio Hatoyama (Japan’s former Prime Minister) and his wife Mrs. Miyuki Hatoyama (Japan’s former...
Due to positive response, Wednesday, May 13th, saw the second Sustainable Living department student caucus held on MUM campus. Organized by Sustainable Living department administra...
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