Sustainability Studies

Melinda Morgan, Director
MSC01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-3325

Andreas Hernandez, Lecturer III
Jessica C. Rowland, Lecturer II
Benjamin Warner, Associate Director

Affiliated Faculty
Subhankar Banerjee, Art Art History
Robert Berrens, Economics
Ronda Brulotte, Geography and Environmental Studies
Jessica Carey-Webb, Spanish & Portuguese
Janie Chermak, Economics
Joseph Cook, Biology; Museum of Southwestern Biology
Robert Delcampo, Anderson School of Management
Chris Duvall, Geography & Environmental Studies
Les Field, Anthropology
Miriam Gay-Antaki, Geography & Environtmental Studies
Lisa Gerber, Religious Studies
Moises Gonales, School of Architecture & Planning; Community & Regional Planning
Jeanette Hart-Mann, Arts & Ecology
Kerry Howe, Civil Engineering; Center for Water and Environment
Claudia Isaac, Community and Regional Planning
Kathy Isaacson, Communication and Journalism
Amy Jankowski, Learning and Outreach Services
Benjamin Jones, Economics
Kathleen Kambic, Landscape Architecture; Geography and Environmental Studies
Michelle Kells, English
Tiffany Lee, Native American Studies
Yolanda C. Lin, Geography & Environmental Studies
Nancy Lopez, Sociology; Study of Race and Social Justice
Andrea Mammoli, Mechanical Engineering; Center for Emerging Energy Technology
J.E. Jamal Martin, African American Studies
Manuel Montoya, Anderson School of Management
Jami Nunez, Political Science                                                   
Catherine Page Harris, Landscape Architecture; Art Art History
John Quale, Architecture
Heidi Honneger Rogers, College of Nursing
Levi Romero, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Caroline Scruggs, Community and Regional Planning; Geography and Environmental Studies
Asa B. Stone, Resilience Institute                                               
Mark Stone, Civil Engineering
Lani Tsinnajinnie, School of Architecture and Planning, Community and Regional Planning
Thomas Turner, Biology; Museum of Southwestern Biology
Irene Vasquez, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Marygold Walsh-Dilley, Geography and Environmental Studies
Jingjing Wang, Economics                                                       
Alex Webster, Biology                                                     

Emeritus Faculty
Gregory Cajete, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Miguel Gandert, Communication and Journalism
Bruce Milne, Biology; Sustainability Studies Program


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.


SUST 1134. Introduction to Sustainability Studies. (3)

SUST 2110. Climate Change and Sustainability. (3)

SUST 334. Environmental Justice Practicum to Benefit the Campus and Community. (3)

SUST 364. Local Food Systems 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 499. Sustainability Independent Capstone Project as Research or Creative Expression. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)

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