The Sustainability Studies program has been growing and thriving in its first year. Courses have been added, a blog shares news regularly, and enrollments continue to increase. Some recent scholarly highlights are especially worth noting:
Associate Professor Mike Bryson wrote an excellent essay entitled “Sustaining Sustainability” in the Roosevelt Review about the college’s Sustainability program, sharing issues regarding conservation and how his own experiences led to his co-creating the new major. In the same issue, Laura Janota shared ways that Roosevelt is becoming a “greener” campus.
Similarly busy, Assistant Professor Carl Zimring presented a paper in New York City at a conference engaging the topic of “Dirt.” As Zimring states on the SUST blog, he “presented his paper, ‘How Do You Get Them So Clean and White? Race and Hygiene in Gilded Age America,’ [which] examined racist soap advertisements distributed between 1880 and 1914 and [then] related them to changes in waste management practices during the period.” This presentation is part of the fascinating work Zimring is doing for his upcoming book.
Equally interesting is the Environmental Nutrition article written by 2010 BPS graduate Valencia Montgomery. As the SUST blog shares, Montgomery’s article developed from her research and writing in her Senior Thesis class, the capstone course for all Professional and Liberal Studies students.
The SUST major is active and alive–check into it!