Welcome to the Environment / Natural Resources / Sustainability Community
Finding opportunities for the natural and built worlds to co-exist is complex, and many industries are trying to find more sustainable solutions and reduce environmental impact, as well as “go green”. This community a dynamic one to explore and crosses multiple sectors.
Energy use is an integral part of all sectors of society, be they industrial, transportation, residential, governmental, individual, or other sectors. The bulk of energy used in the world comes from non-renewable sources. The field of energy conservation revolves around the belief that prosperity and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. Energy conservationists create solutions for a wide range of environmental issues through political, design, scientific and economic expertise.
Nature and wildlife conservationists protect plants, animals and their habitats to ensure that the natural world will be around and healthy for generations to come. This can take the form of hands on science and research, government/policy work, national parks/education, non-profits focused on raising awareness and funds, and more. Career opportunities in this area are broad in scope, and students from any major should be able to find a way to put their skills to work in this area.
Cities, regions and their residents face significant challenges in the coming decades, and significant opportunities. Addressing the challenges and building on the opportunities requires skilled design and planning professionals who value both theory and practice, who can push professional boundaries while respecting community desires. Landscape architects develop creative designs for residential and commercial spaces in the private sector, as well as serving the public sector in the areas of historic preservation, recreation and other public construction. Regional planners address and resolve the physical, economic, and social problems of towns, cities, and larger regions, and attempt to anticipate and adequately prepare for the impact of growth and development on the environment and vice versa, and to resolve conflicts between development and the environment.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Critical and Analytical thinking
- Persuasive writing & speaking
- Creative problem solving
- Written and graphic communication
- Plant pathology
In the Relevant Courses section below are a few examples of relevant SBS courses, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major. Check SPIRE for full course descriptions and availability. These are abbreviated descriptions, and details may change at the discretion of the instructor. Courses may not be offered every semester.
Also in this section are some relevant non-academic Linkedin Learning courses that you can take for free, compliments of UMass.
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