Sustainability

Community and regional sustainability requires new understandings, political and institutional commitments, technologies and infrastructure, and patterns of interaction that facilitate human development and shared prosperity within the means of community-regional ecosystems. Geography faculty and students pursue collaborative, interdisciplinary learning and research about community and regional sustainability. Research and learning by Department faculty and students address societal concerns and processes within multiple contexts, including geographic information system methods, in integrative ways. That perspective provides a way to transition society (and units within) from urban growth management to community and regional sustainability management. Growth management and sustainability management are related in fundamental ways to integrative resource management, making connections between sustainability courses and research activities to courses and research interests involved in nature-society relationships.