The Environment & Sustainability Program is an interdisciplinary program that fosters understanding of the relationships between human societies and the natural, physical, and biological settings in which life on Earth exists.
The Program degrees build on the unique definition of sustainability at UNCG, where “Academics, operations, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Our B.A. and M.S. require electives in each of those four areas: society and equity, natural science of the environment, economics and development, and ethics and aesthetics. The Environment & Sustainability Program has a long and varied history at UNCG, and we welcome students from all walks of life with diverse interests and goals to make the world a better place for all. The Program’s founding members and alumni remain an integral part of the Environment & Sustainability legacy and network.
The UNC Greensboro community has historical and contemporary relationships with Native American tribes, communities, parents, students, and alumni. We acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Keyauwee and Saura. In providing this acknowledgement, we also hope to bring awareness to the vibrant Indigenous communities whose members still call Greensboro home and are represented in the Guilford Native American Association, and who are recognized by the state of North Carolina. These are the Coharie, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Haliwa-Saponi, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the Meherrin, the Sappony, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, and the Waccamaw Siouan. We honor and respect the many Indigenous peoples connected to the land where we are today.
We acknowledge the limitations of such statements, so we also advocate for a University-level initiative–in consultation with Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and communities–to make space for Indigenous people by investigating ignorance and bias within the faculty, staff, and student bodies; recruiting and retaining Indigenous faculty and staff across all departments; creating safety nets for retaining Indigenous students; and developing coursework around language, decolonization, and land and water protection which are culturally relevant and innovative in addressing issues of Indigenous sovereignty and environmental sustainability.