Become an Agent of Change – Fast!
Discover your passion and make a difference with a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in community-based sustainability. Dig into experiential, hands-on coursework in and out of the classroom that has positive and immediate impacts on families, communities, organizations and businesses — and create a lasting model of change for future generations.
Be a Problem Solver
Combine interdisciplinary learning on campus with hands-on experience revitalizing the nearby city of Franklin, N.H. The Sustainable Learning Initiative Franklin Falls allows you to work with community stakeholders to address real and evolving needs by developing solutions using the principles of permaculture and sustainability. You will have a hand in creating a model of mindful revitalization that can be replicated — helping to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Whether on campus or in the field, you will learn about resilience and regeneration, land-use planning, economic development, energy use, transportation, food systems and resource management, while developing skills in leadership, group dynamics, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Combine a required, self-selected internship, your senior Capstone project and the minor of your choice to create a rich educational experience based on your interests and career goals.
A minor in sustainability can be combined with any baccalaureate degree. For complete information about minor requirements and course offerings, please refer to the college catalog.
3 is the New 4
Intensive courses in January and May allow you to earn your degree in community-based sustainability in just three years. That means college costs 20 percent less — and your career begins one year earlier.
You will graduate prepared to work in corporate, municipal and non-profit sectors as a sustainability manager, a development director, or an urban or regional planner. Or, you may choose to continue your education in a graduate program focused on sustainability, planning or public policy.
Walking Our Talk
Environmental stewardship is practiced every day on the Colby-Sawyer campus. You can see it in the spinning blades of the wind turbine, as the solar arrays soak up the sun, on the locally sourced dining menu, and through our affiliations with organizations committed to environmental advocacy. Read more about the student-developed climate commitment that pledges the campus to carbon neutrality by 2050.