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Environment and Sustainability

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The warming of the Arctic. The decline of forests in Australia and America. The impacts of mining in the Amazon. Across the world, our faculty and students research environmental issues like these. Back home on campus, we apply sustainability best practices ranging from recycling to renewable energy.

Clark has a longstanding commitment to the environment and sustainability. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs and courses that delve into green issues. And our researchers partner with organizations and communities across the globe to explore the multi-layered impacts of climate change.

Over the years, Clark has joined other colleges and universities to support initiatives such as the Presidents Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Real Food Challenge promoting a healthy, fair, and green food system. The University’s Climate Action Plan aims for the campus to be climate-neutral by 2030. To do that, we’ve established a cogeneration plant, a recycling center, and green buildings. Our community members continue to identify new ways to make Clark more sustainable, whether it’s employing solar power to recharge the campus’ cell phones, installing rain gardens and biodiversity gardens, or upgrading plumbing to conserve water.

Across Campus and the World

Clark and the Environment

Our Resources

From food sourced from local gardens to solar panels atop university buildings, we commit resources to save the planet.

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Our Curriculum

We offer more than 10 academic programs and over 100 courses allowing students to study issues of sustainability and the environment.

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Our Research

Our researchers in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences examine ecological issues in our local community and the world.

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Sustainable Clark

How are we making our campus greener? The Office of Sustainable Clark tracks our progress – and identifies where we might do better.

Office of Sustainable Clark
National Grid scholarship honors David Angel

Master’s student Maria Masood to research vehicle-to-grid power sharing

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Council examines COVID-19, climate change links

Clark-based network invites reflection on current crises

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Sustainable Clark celebrates 50 years of Earth Day

Clark community encouraged to take part in all-digital events

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Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

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B.A., M.S.

Environmental Science

Undergraduates may choose one of three tracks in environmental science: earth systems science,  environmental conservation and biology, or environmental science and policy. We also offer an accelerated B.A./M.S. and an M.S.

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Our internationally renowned Graduate School of Geography offers undergraduate and graduate degrees where students may study and research the issues surrounding climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, and ever-limited resources.

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Global Environmental Studies

As a global environmental studies major in the Graduate School of Geography, explore the extraordinary challenges facing our planet: climate change, environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the unequal distribution of critical resources.

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Geographic Information Science

Our GIS master’s program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experience for this competitive field. Clark geography students may apply to our Accelerated B.A./M.S. degree program. An M.S.-only option is also available.

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Community Development and Planning

Identify, analyze, and tackle major challenges facing urban areas in the United States, including social justice, economic development, urban planning and zoning, and environmental sustainability. Students also may pursue an accelerated B.A./M.A.

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Business Administration

Our MBA allows you to customize your area of expertise with one of seven concentrations, including social change and sustainability.

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International Development/Social Change

Pursue a B.A., accelerated B.A./M.A., or M.A. in international development and social change. Join a community of scholars and practitioners seeking solutions in the areas of social justice, economic well-being, and sustainable development.

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Business/Environmental Science

In an era marked by profound social, economic, and environmental change, how can citizens and decision makers navigate policy and business challenges? In our MBA/Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy Program, learn how to make a difference.

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Business/Community Development

With an MBA and an M.A. in community development and planning, you will acquire the tools to become a socially conscious leader, ready to play a vital role in the private, public, or nonprofit sectors.

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B.A., M.S.

Environmental Science

Undergraduates may choose one of three tracks in environmental science: earth systems science,  environmental conservation and biology, or environmental science and policy. We also offer an accelerated B.A./M.S. and an M.S.

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