Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stephen Nathan
Environmental Earth Science Professor
Environmental Earth Science
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainable Energy Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Sustainable Energy Science (minor and "concentration" (i.e., similar to a "major")). Formally, the Sustainable Energy Science concentration is within the Environmental Earth Science major. (See: https://www.easternct.edu/environmental-earth-science/index.html and click on "Programs of Study".)

The Environmental Earth Science Department offers students a Sustainable Energy Science concentration within the EES major and a separate Sustainable Energy Studies minor.

The Sustainable Energy Science concentration and related minor prepares students for careers in the new clean energy economy as climate change, sustainability and clean energy initiatives return to the public forefront. EES students are thus trained to be leaders in energy policy, energy science and the energy economy.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Sustainable Energy Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

The use of fossil fuels for energy, particularly coal, is rapidly diminishing and being replaced with an economy based on renewable energy technologies such as hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy. Sustainable Energy Studies is the study of this transition through the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences. Students who minor in Sustainable Energy Studies will be prepared to work as energy policy specialists in government, industry, and education.
The objectives of the minor in Sustainable Energy Studies are:
1. To introduce students to the emerging field of sustainable energy studies.
2. To prepare students for post-graduate employment involving energy policy.
3. To ensure that science students understand the social and economic implications of energy technology.
4. To ensure that social science students comprehend the technological and scientific basis of energy policy.
5. To prepare educators to teach about energy science and energy policy.


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https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2021/03-march/ees-tracks-prepare-students-for-climate-crisis-and-green-economy.html

Information for this credit was provided by Steve Nathan, Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Environmental Earth Science Department.

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