Sustainability Studies

Bruce T. Milne (Department of Biology)
Director: Sustainability Studies Program
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Endowed Chair for Sustainable Environmental Food Systems
MSC03 2020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-3325
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Chaouki T. Abdallah, Electrical Computer Engineering
Bob Berrens, Economics
Susan Bogus, Civil Engineering
Janie Chermak, Economics
Les Fields, Anthropology
Geri Forbes, School of Architecture and Planning
Miguel Gandert, Communication and Journalism
William “Bill” Gilbert, Art and Art History
Enrique Lamadrid, Spanish and Portuguese, Chair
Bruce Milne, Biology, Director: Sustainability Studies Program
Vera Norwood, American Studies
Ric Richardson, School of Architecture and Planning
Susan Tiano, Sociology
Dan Young, Ph.D., University College; Director: Research Service Learning Program

Associate Professors
Stephen Dent, School of Architecture and Planning
William “Bill” Fleming, School of Architecture and Planning
David Henkel, School of Architecture and Planning; Director: Community and Regional Planning
Kate Kraus, Economics
Ursula Shepherd, University Honors Program

Research Associate Professor
Kim Sorvig, School of Architecture and Planning

Assistant Professors
Melinda Harm Benson, Geography
Tema Milstein, Communication and Journalism

Jessica Rowland, M.S., Sustainability Studies Program


Sustainability is a nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary field of vital importance. Sustainability seeks creative solutions that promote environmental health and restoration, social equity, and economic vitality. The goal is to meet the needs of the present (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while ensuring the satisfaction of future generations. In light of unprecedented environmental degradation, social instability, and economic uncertainties in today’s world, the sustainability minor cultivates the complex knowledge and skills needed to secure a healthy future for all. Sustainability is linked to rapidly growing career opportunities in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector. The Sustainability Studies minor provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to acquire pertinent knowledge and skills that complement their major, thereby preparing them for the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Sustainability Studies Program (SSP) spawns experiential learning, research, and service activities to implement practical solutions for a sustainable future for the bioregion, the Southwest, and the planet. Sustainability Studies integrates knowledge and methodologies from the Sciences, Humanities, and Arts to provide a roadmap for students that can be applied to the design, selection, and implementation of policies, practices, technologies, and strategies. Sustainability Studies provides a dynamic feedback loop of information and practice.


  • Surround the student with colleagues, mentors, and peers who understand and practice sustainability.
  • Provide access to thriving examples of sustainable communities on and off campus.
  • Integrate theory and practice through service learning, research, and outreach projects.

Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program


SUST 109. Introduction to Comparative Global and Ethnic Societies. (3)

SUST 134. Creating a Sustainable Future: Introduction to Environmental, Social, and Economic Health. (3)

SUST 334. Sustainability Practicum to Benefit the Campus or Community. (3)

SUST 364. Growers' Market Practicum. (3)

SUST *402. Topics in Sustainability Studies. (1-6 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SUST 434. Synthesis of Sustainability Perspectives and Innovations. (3)

SUST *438. Communicating Community, Food, and Change: Lobo Gardens. (3)

SUST 499. Sustainability Independent Capstone Project as Research or Creative Expression. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)

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