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Sustainability in the Classroom

Widener encourages its faculty to instill sustainability in all academic areas. The university held an inspiring faculty development workshop, "Infusion of Sustainability in the Curriculum," in 2015. Every school of the university has a sustainability component, and more than 15 percent of our courses address sustainability and environmental concerns. In addition, we partner with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) to support sustainability and environmental efforts in higher education.

Numerous research projects involve sustainability. For example, Chemistry Professor Loyd Bastin is leading student research into greener synthesis of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Bastin is a sustainability expert who has been instituting green chemistry practices at Widener for almost a decade and led Widener to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment in 2014.

Widener offers several academic programs related to sustainability and environmental conservation, including:

Environmental Science Major and Minor—The environmental science major and the minor address the growing need in our society for persons possessing both a broad scientific background and an understanding of environmental relationships.

Sustainability Science Minor—This minor is open to students in all majors and prepares students to address some of our most pressing local, regional, and global sustainability issues.

Sustainability Management Minor—This minor is offered in two formats, one for business majors and one for non-business majors. The minor enables students to manage the dependent, complex relationships between the environment, economy, and culture.

Environmental Studies Minor—This minor provides arts and sciences students with an understanding of complex environmental issues and the social, political, and cultural contexts that affect human interaction with the environment. Students will combine knowledge from the scientific disciplines with principles of social science to help solve environmental problems.

Environmental Engineering Minor—This minor prepares engineering students to protect and restore the quality of our air, water, and land resources, and to address the environmental issues and problems that are vitally important to the sustainability of our society’s infrastructure.