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Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
MBA in Global Social Sustainable Enterprise

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):

The Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA seeks to provide sustainable and social enterprise solutions to some of the most stubborn issues of our time including poverty, disease, malnutrition, and environmental degradation. Our sustainable MBA graduates go on to create and operate for-profit and nonprofit startups, non-governmental organizations, and to work in multinational companies that champion social and environmental objectives while delivering solid returns on investment.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (1st program) :
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
MS in Conservation Leadership, College of Natural Resources

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

Society is faced with some of the greatest challenges in history, from climate change to biodiversity loss to energy security and beyond. We need leaders who think differently, embrace complexity, and see the human and environmental condition as one intricate system. Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a 17-month Conservation Leadership Specialization within the Masters of Science Degree Program in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Agroecosystems Management, College of Agriculture

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

Program has a systems approach to research that incorporates the interactions of the ecosystem with soil and crop management across all the major ecosystems of Colorado.
Major research emphases are precision crop and nutrient management and management systems that improve efficiency of crop water use and development of biofuel and other alternative crops. Local studies are integrated to the global scale including efforts focused on global climate change and carbon cycling. Students will gain a broad perspective of the soil, plant, and environmental interactions as well as specialized training in their area of interest.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):

The School for Global Environmental Sustainability lists 22 MS/MA or MS/PhD programs focusing on areas of Sustainability:
http://sustainability.colostate.edu/education/csu-programs-graduate-students


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
MA/PhD in Political Science, concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

The Political Science Graduate Program is unique in its emphasis on the study of environmental politics and policy. Our Doctoral Program is now part of the Western Regional Graduate Program consortium. This is a program of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and includes unique programs of high quality. As a result of membership students from the 14 member states (not including California) can pay in-state tuition while attending our program. We hope that this will make it easier for some of your students to attend our program. For more information please visit http://www.wiche.edu/SEP/WRGP/index.asp.

Due to the unique focus on environmental politics and policy, the program welcomes and attracts M.A. and Ph.D. candidates from diverse academic backgrounds and careers who all share an interest in the political dimensions of environmental protection.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
MS/PhD in Ecology, specialization in Human-Environment Interactions

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Increasing rates of poverty, landlessness, and declining health are co-occurring with rapid shifts in land use, land cover, loss of biodiversity, and global warming. These interconnected human/environmental changes represent a clear risk to the well being of individuals, communities, and societies now and in the future. Students learn about the human aspects of environmental issues such as human drivers of environmental change and the feedbacks on individuals and social systems and their institutions, past, present, and future. This is accomplished through material presented in classes, in research projects, theses and dissertation research, and joint work with faculty on professional papers.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
MS in Construction Management, focus in Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Department of Construction Management offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree. The focus of the department is on professional programs that successfully combine theory and application with a strong emphasis in applied management. The master’s program is an advanced curriculum designed to allow students to tailor a portion of the specialization requirements to meet individual interests and goals.

The Department of Construction Management faculty members pursue applied research opportunities by maintaining a close association with the needs of the regional, national, and global Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. In pursuing this applied research, the faculty has identified three core Research Alliance areas that span research, teaching, and outreach activities and provide a common ground for interaction between faculty and students. As the demands of the industry change over time, these Research Alliance areas may evolve and additional areas may be established. Current Research Alliance areas are:

 Sustainability (e.g., energy-efficient buildings, sustainable development and construction, social sustainability, life cycle assessment)
 Transportation Infrastructure (e.g., asset management, traffic and work-zone safety, transportation project management, asphalt and concrete paving)
 Productivity and Workforce Development (e.g., construction safety, construction leadership, construction pedagogy and training, construction productivity improvement)


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

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