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 and Computer Engineering; Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Robert Berrens, Economics; Director, Water Resources Program
Janie Chermak, Chairperson, Economics
Les Field, Anthropology; Director, Peace Studies
William Fleming, School of Architecture and Planning; Community and Regional Planning
Geraldine Forbes, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
Miguel Gandert, Communication and Journalism; Director, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media
William Gilbert, Art and Art History
Catherine Krause, Economics; Dean, Honors College
Bruce Milne, Biology; W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair; Director, Sustainability Studies Program
James Richardson, School of Architecture and Planning; Community and Regional Planning
Ursula Shepherd, Associate Dean, Honors College
Susan Tiano, Sociology; Director, Latin American and Iberian Institute

Associate Professors
Melinda Harm Benson, Geography and Environmental Studies
Gregory Cajete, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies; Director, Native American Studies
Dante DiGregorio, Anderson School of Management
Chris Duvall, Geography and Environmental Studies
Susan Bogus Halter, Civil Engineering
Tiffany Lee, Associate Director, Native American Studies
Tema Milstein, Communication and Journalism
Mark Stone, Civil Engineering; Associate Director, Water Resources Program
Irene Vasquez, American Studies; Director, Chicana and Chicano Studies

Jessica Rowland, M.S., (Visiting) Sustainability Studies Program
Eileen Shaughnessy, M.S., (Adjunct) Sustainability Studies Program
Kim Sorvig, (Adjunct) School of Architecture and Planning


Sustainability is a nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary field that 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 those same needs for 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 Studies Program (SSP) utilizes experiential learning, research, and service activities to implement practical solutions for a sustainable future on the UNM campus, in the state of New Mexico and for the Earth as a whole. 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 sustainable 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 *384. Heritage Farming Practicum. (3)

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

SUST *418. Nuclear New Mexico: Environmental and Social Impacts. (3)

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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