Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
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University at Buffalo
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Graham Hammill
Vice Provost for Educational Affairs
Graduate School
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Masters of Urban Planning, Specialization in Environmental and Land Use Planning

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The environmental and physical planning specialization offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB involves the study of how to use the planning process to resolve three broad sets of problems:
* minimizing the negative effects of environmental problems on human health and urban and regional systems;
*minimizing the negative effects of human settlements on ecosystems; and planning for the remediation and restoration of natural systems;
*planning the development of cities, suburbs, and rural areas to be sustainable.

http://ap.buffalo.edu/academics/urban-regional-planning/degrees/mup/mup-rsch-specializations/environmental-and-land-use-planning.html


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, MS Engineering Sciences

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

Research in environmental engineering seeks to better understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the health of our environment and to pursue innovative solutions for its protection.

http://engineering.buffalo.edu/civil-structural-environmental/research/research-areas/environmental-and-water-resources-engineering.html


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Law LL.M

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

Environmental law plays a major role in structuring the relationship between human beings and the world around them. Almost every kind of legal practice today touches some aspect of environmental law.

Lawyers practice environmental law in large and small private law firms, in the offices of in-house corporate counsel in trade associations, in federal, state and local government agencies, in the offices of state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, and in many non-governmental organizations. Whether future employment entails advocating the position of a public interest group, a corporate client, a government agency, or a private citizen, the Environmental Law LL.M. is designed to meet the need for knowledgeable and skillful application of legal principles and techniques to environmental and natural resource problems, including climate change.

The Environmental Law LL.M. offers students the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of environmental law and policy through a structured program of study and experience.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Advanced Certificate in Sustainability

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

One of the fundamental societal issues of the 21st century is understanding the environment, how human interactions affect it, and how those interactions can be modulated to generate sustainable outcomes. Fundamental environmental and sustainability issues, include the ecological and evolutionary processes that control populations, species and communities; anthropogenic effects on the physical, chemical and biotic environments; and the cultural values and societal actions necessary to foster sustainable interactions with the natural world. Addressing these issues requires a transdisciplinary approach that spans the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

This advanced certificate consisting of 15 graduate credit hours will serve as a locus for interactions among a diverse array of students and faculty throughout the university and initiate transdisciplinary scholarly activities. The curriculum consists of three courses: one environmental, one social, and one economic as well as two core courses in fundamentals of sustainability. Completion of this certificate will apply directly to the MS in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary.


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