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UMM Offering New "Green" Degree Options

Added on: November 21, 2011

Professor of Ecology Alan Lewis in UMM's four-season greenhouseMACHIAS, Maine – To prepare students for careers in the emerging green economy, the University of Maine at Machias is offering several new academic programs in environmental stewardship and sustainability. A certificate in Sustainability, a minor in Sustainability Management, and a concentration in Outdoor and Environmental Education are being offered for the first time this fall.

These join an already wide scope of environmentally focused curriculum options, such as majors in Environmental Studies and in Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management.

The new programs address a growing demand by employers for graduates with specialized training in sustainability and environmental education. They are also an ideal fit for students who are passionate about the environment and committed to making a positive difference in the world.

“These new programs allow students who are interested in the environment and related issues to focus or specialize their major field of study,” said Stuart Swain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Individuals and organizations alike are seeing the importance of sustainable practices, and our graduates will be well prepared to succeed in these growing fields.”

As an Environmental Liberal Arts college, UMM has long offered environmental and sustainability-related courses. The University’s general education program—the Maine Coastal Odyssey—centers on inquiry into the connections between the environment, community, and the individual. Courses to support the new certificate, minor, and concentration draw on disciplines from across the University.

The six-course certificate in Sustainability is available as a stand-alone program for individuals preparing for a career in the field, or for working professionals seeking to broaden their skills. The program provides students with knowledge about human and environmental interactions. Students gain the ability to evaluate environmental and community impacts of human activity, and acquire skills to implement sustainable, environmentally friendly practices to address real-world problems.

Kevin Athearn, assistant professor of natural resource economicsUMM’s new minor in Sustainability Management introduces students to environmental, economic, and social issues while teaching leadership and management skills. Students acquire skills to evaluate and report sustainability performance, and are prepared to lead people within an organization through change related to sustainability. The minor can be used as a concentration within the Environmental Studies degree program, or as an add-on minor for students pursuing a degree in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies.

Both of these sustainability programs prepare students for a variety of careers as sustainability managers, sustainability coordinators, corporate sustainability officers, green business consultants, sustainability analysts, and other emerging “green-collar” jobs.

The Outdoor and Environmental Education concentration within UMM’s Elementary Education program prepares educators to lead children in investigations of their environment in hands-on, meaningful ways. The concentration will support students who seek employment at schools with place-based learning programs, in outdoor education programs, and at nature and science centers.

For more information on UMM’s academic programs and admissions requirements, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-468-6866.


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