Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Stephanie Toothman
Conservation Specialist
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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 Food and Farming

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Sustainable Food and Farming is the study of relationships among organisms and habitats in agricultural ecosystems. Climate and soil properties, activities of other organisms, and management practices affect the growth and development of plants and animals, the composition of products from them, and other processes that sustain human life and the functioning of other ecosystems. Sustainable Food and Farming extends from organisms to landscapes and connects with economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of food and agricultural systems and their impacts on the biosphere. Principles of Sustainable Food and Farming can be applied to the design and management of sustainable systems that meet human needs and provide other ecosystem services while minimizing their ecological footprint.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

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

The objective of this major is to provide students with the necessary training for the application of economic theory and analysis to environmental and natural resource issues. The flexibility of this major allows students to design (with their advisor) a program of study which focuses on environmental and natural resource issues tailored to the student’s own interests (such as water use and quality, soil protection, waste management, ecosystem management, and land use). The curriculum reflects the breadth of training required to prepare students for careers in private and government sectors dealing with environmental and natural resource management and policy analysis.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental and Community Planning

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

Environmental and Community Planning provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to help shape their community, region, the state and the world. they will gain a deeper understanding of the natural environment, the built environment and human engagement with the environment. Students will have the training needed to make a difference in the sustainability of communities, influence development decisions and create places that preserve history and protect the environment.


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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:
Environmental Protection

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

This minor is designed to provide students the opportunity to study the science and techniques which are applied to safe-guard the quality of the environment with emphasis on water, soil and crop protection. This minor would benefit students from agronomy, horticulture, and other disciplines with significant backgrounds in chemistry and biological science, who intend to work in an area where their major is applied to environmental protection. A grade of C or higher must be earned in all minor courses.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor or concentration:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Sustainable Design

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):

The minor in Sustainable Design develops in students a sound understanding of the principles of sustainability and sustainable design. With guidance from a variety of faculty, students will be challenged to examine their surrounding environments as well as their own lifestyles through the lens of sustainability. The three tiers of minor coursework prepare students to complete the minor with two industry-recognized green credentials that will enhance their competitiveness in the job market.


Website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):
Environmental Economics

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (3rd program):

The minor offers skills aimed specifically at policy issues in environmental and natural resources economics. It can enhance employment opportunities in government agencies and private consulting firms dealing with environmental and natural resource policy or with natural resources firms. The specific minor course requirements are flexible to allow students to create strength in a particular area of experience such as water, air, energy, raw materials, etc.


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