First sustainability leadership minors awarded

September 26, 2012

The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Center for Sustainability announced the first two graduates of the intercollege minor in sustainability leadership at Penn State --  Alex Cruit, business management, and Sarah Foss, journalism. Both students were awarded the minor in summer 2012.

The sustainability leadership minor provides an avenue for students in any major to incorporate sustainability as a significant theme in their undergraduate curriculum. Through a combination of coursework and experiences in sustainability, students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become sustainability leaders in their respective fields.

“The minor gave me the chance to bring together my different sustainability classes and experiences at Penn State under one formal program," said Foss, adding that she hopes to "continue to integrate ideas of sustainability into my future career as a reporter."

“I wanted to couple the corporate realm’s love of practicality and feasibility with the environmentalist realm’s love for preservation and sustainability,” said Cruit. “The sustainability leadership minor has given me a deep understanding of a number of dynamic issues."

A wide variety of Penn State courses, suggested by the instructors who teach them, are eligible for inclusion in the sustainability leadership minor. Students may complete the minor using courses from their major requirements as well as from general education requirements. As faculty members continue to submit their evaluations of sustainability courses, the minor will become increasingly accessible to undergraduate students in all majors.

"We compiled an impressive roster of sustainability classes from the STARS survey in 2010," said Susannah Barsom, associate director of the Center for Sustainability. "As more of our faculty members hear about the minor -- from us, from their colleagues and from their students -- more of them are completing the sustainability course survey and getting their courses listed."

Anyone who teaches a course with sustainability content is encouraged to complete the survey, available online, at the

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Last Updated October 09, 2012