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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.
MUM students can now earn a master’s degree in sustainable living while also participating in the Peace Corps, thanks to a new partnership between Maharishi University of Management (MUM) and the Peace Corps Masters International Program.
In MUM’s two-year master’s in sustainable living degree program, students typically do academic coursework for the first year and then spend a second year gaining practical field experience in community building and sustainability projects.
MUM students will now have the option of fulfilling their field experience in the Peace Corps. They join the Peace Corps at the beginning of their second year at MUM and begin a two-year tour of service in their assigned country.
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
Robert Karp, co-director of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and Jim Fullmer, co-director of the Demeter Association, both recently spoke to students in a course o...
A course being taught May 23–June 16 on natural solutions for soil health is open to the community....
Molly Haviland, an MUM Sustainable Living alumna, will be teaching the upcoming Living Soils course this June. Joining her in the class will be David Fisher, PhD and SL Department...
MUM faculty recently had the opportunity to present a more profound view of agriculture at a conference on “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture” hosted by Harvard Div...
Professor A. Thimmaiah presented a two-day workshop on Biodynamic Agriculture last month in Cissone, Italy, as well as speaking at a school and a university and networking with var...
The community makerspace in the science wing of the Library has recently been reorganized and remodeled, including additional tools and the hiring of two highly qualified staff....
In this program you will participate in the creation of an original Web-TV Series, working alongside fellow students and industry professionals. This unique opportunity is being made available to a select number of students who will work together to write, produce, edit, and distribute the series. Every student will work in different capacities throughout the course of the production.
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