sustainability studies

Evergreen is dedicated to sustainability. This value is reflected in our curriculum as well as our operations. Many programs and courses focus on the concept of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Areas of study include sustainable development, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, economics, natural resources, sociology, and anthropology.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Analyzing Permaculture Systems FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Agriculture and Culture in the Early Mediterranean SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Cooperatives, Direct Democracy, and Sustainable Business Enterprises Changemaker Lab SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Cosmology and Mythology: Living Between Earth and Sky FR-SR
  • Spring
8, 12
Doing Good and Doing Well: Ethics and Sustainable Business Management SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Experimental Responses: Climate Change, Science and Art SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Farm to Table SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Flaming Eggplant Cafe: Cooperative Food Business Management SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
From the Earth: The History, Stories, and Social Justice of Farming in the U.S. FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Health vs. Wealth FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Marketing with GIS FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Science Approaches to Solving Environmental Problems JR-SR
  • Spring
16
South Asia: Climate Change and Society SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community Resilience SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Sustainable Campus Food Systems SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Team Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Energy Changemaker Lab SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Alternatives to Capitalism: Socialism and Other SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Business Fundamentals, Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation: Changemaker Lab SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Climate Change and Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Conceptualizing Place: Pacific Northwest Native Art and Geographies (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Eco-Heroes: Hope for the Earth and Ecological Justice FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Flaming Eggplant Cafe: Cooperative Food Business Management (Remote/In-Person*) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Food, Health, and Sustainability SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Forests (Remote/In-Person*) JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Health vs. Wealth FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water (Remote/In-Person*) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Medicine of Community and Place SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Practice of Organic Farming (Spring) SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8