Educating the "New" Green workforce

Students will have the opportunity to complement their majors with an interdisciplinary minor in global environmental sustainability or other environmental courses, preparing them to enter the "green" workforce. Demand is building for such well-rounded workers, with recent studies suggesting the renewable energy job market nationwide could create 40 million new jobs by the year 2030.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The curriculum for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability focuses on a comprehensive understanding of the linkages between society, economics and the environment, upon which sustainable human actions can be based. Students who complete the curriculum will be able to determine solutions to problems that have developed from human interactions with the environment. A foundational lens for global environmental sustainability is the interconnections of:

  1. the environment (biological and physical processes);
  2. the global economy (prosperity and well-being);
  3. society (human processes and fairness);
  4. ways of knowing, creating and communicating.

The School will prepare students to be trained in areas such as:

  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate and atmospheric change
  • Land use change
  • Society and environment
  • Sustainable enterprise
  • Geospatial science
  • Public policy
  • Soils and carbon cycling
  • Human, plant and animal disease
  • Crops and global food economies
  • Water management
  • Economic issues including carbon offsets
  • Land and forest conservation and management
  • Renewable and sustainable energy technologies

For questions regarding the School of Global Environmental Sustainability's endorsed courses or sustainability education options at Colorado State University, please contact Dale Lockwood at or by phone at (970) 492-4070. The advising office is located in Johnson Hall room 131.