Virginia Tech Launches Climate Action Living Laboratory

The new Climate Action Living Laboratory seeks to more deeply integrate the university's climate action commitment efforts into the university's educational mission and engage more students in hands-on learning opportunities around sustainability.

HKUST Launches Sustainable & Green Finance BS Program

(Hong Kong) Jointly offered by the School of Business and Management and the Division of Environment and Sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), the new Bachelor of Science in sustainable and green finance covers multiple disciplines at the intersection of business, environmental science and technology. It is designed for those interested in ESG and impact investing, sustainable project financing, sustainable instrument and product development, and other related fields.

Two California CCs Shift Toward Open Education Resources

With a goal of increasing access, Compton Community College recently announced a goal of using 85 to 100 percent open educational resources (OER), rather than textbooks, by 2035, while College of the Canyons is aiming for a third of its courses to eliminate textbooks over the next two years.

Georgetown U Starts MS in Environment & Sustainability Mgmt

A collaboration among the Georgetown Environment Initiative, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the McDonough School of Business, the 11-month, STEM-designated program is geared toward those seeking to help organizations reduce their impact on the environment by harnessing the power of business. The program will begin August 2022.

Royal Roads U Launches Climate Leadership Masters Degree

Approved June 2021, the new Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership is a two-year, 36-credit degree program geared toward people who want to create the social, political, environmental and economic changes needed for a low-carbon, resilient future. The program places an emphasis on the intersection of climate science, social science, justice and change leadership.

U Southern California Expands Sustainability Across Curriculum

After a recent university survey revealed that USC students are overwhelmingly interested in sustainability, the university announced a major expansion to its undergraduate curriculum. The new Sustainability Across the Curriculum program aims to educate the university’s 20,000 undergraduate students in how sustainability intersects with their major field of study.

Clark Atlanta U Receives $1M for Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute

The university recently announced a total of $5 million in gifts and donations from its 2021 commencement ceremonies, $1 million of which, from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, will establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership and Social Justice Institute.

Howard U Receives $1M for Women & Gender Leadership Center

A $1 million gift aims to elevate women of color into leadership roles across all sectors through the launch of the Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership. The center's academic focus will include producing theoretically grounded research and creating a data center on issues of women and gender in the United States and the global Black diaspora.

21 HEIs to Receive $1M Each for Academic Success of Students of Color

In an effort to help students of color successfully complete the education and training necessary to be successful in today’s workforce, Bank of America announced in mid-November a plan to give $1 million each to 21 higher education institutions including community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions. Each partner institution will develop or enhance existing programs to meet specific skill gaps in their communities, while Bank of America will work alongside major employers to ensure these programs target specific hiring needs and create a clearly defined career pathway to future employment.

U California Santa Barbara Announces Racial Justice Fellowship

In light of recent protests against police violence directed at Black communities and the persistence of systemic racism, the university's Graduate Division and multiple deans have launched an initiative designed to enhance the recruitment of graduate students committed to teaching, research and mentorship around racial justice. The Racial Justice Fellowships will provide recipients $8,000 in summer funding for three years on top of a five-year package of full funding.

Villanova U Receives Gift for Interdisciplinary Initiative on Poverty & Inequality

Spurred by a $1 million gift from Villanova alum, a new interdisciplinary initiative will support programmatic efforts to generate ideas and policy solutions to address the systemic issues of inequality. The initiative will also include an annual symposium focused on identifying the most promising approaches to eradicating poverty and eliminating disparities associated with race, disability and difference.

U Wisconsin Green Bay to Offer Sustainability Certificate

The new non-credit, online only Sustainability Certificate Program launching in January 2021 aims to educate business professionals to implement sustainable decisions into their everyday roles to make a positive impact on both their organization as well as the world around them.

Illinois State U Rolls Out Water Sustainability Studies Minor

Available for student enrollment in fall 2021, the minor is through the Center for a Sustainable Water Future and is meant to include all departments with interest and expertise on water issues, including overlap with climate change.

Loyola U Maryland Offers Sustainability Management Degree

The Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management recently introduced a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in sustainability management. In addition to liberal arts and business foundations courses, sustainability management students will take four business management courses and four courses addressing topics including poverty, human rights, justice and equality, the climate crisis, biodiversity, and scarcity of natural resources.

Frostburg State U Launches Life Cycle Facilities Management Major

A new a bachelor degree in lifecycle facilities management will educate students about the application of environmental, societal and long-term sustainability goals in the construction and management of buildings, manufacturing processes and products. The interdisciplinary program builds on knowledge in project management, finance, engineering and sustainability.

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Launches Sustainable Energy Program

The new Associate of Science degree program in sustainable energy technologies will provide students the opportunity to become installers, technicians and operators of both solar and wind technologies.