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Environmental Sustainability

When you enroll in the Master of Environmental Studies degree with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, you will benefit from both the rich diversity of course offerings and the sustainability programs run by Penn faculty and students on campus, in Philadelphia and around the world.

Careers in sustainability are emerging and are found in diverse areas in both private and public sectors. The Master of Environmental Studies program offers a wide range of course options that allow you to create a program specific to the requirements of the area of sustainability you are most interested in pursuing, and will make you uniquely qualified for the professional opportunities you seek.

Graduates with the Environmental Sustainability concentration often take leadership positions guiding organizations or communities to be more sustainable, such as Sustainability Coordinator at a university or non-profit or Director/VP of Sustainability at a corporation.

Student research

Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Environmental Sustainability concentration.

Sample Environmental Sustainability concentration courses

In the Environmental Sustainability concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses, from departments and graduate Schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.

Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)

  • Clean Water Green Cities
  • Towards Sustainability on the Penn Campus
  • Modeling Geographic Objects (GIS)
  • Innovative Environmental Management Strategies
  • How to Quantify Sustainable Practices in Business and Manufacturing
  • The Historical, Scientific, and Policy Dimensions of "Brownfields"
  • Green Design and the City
  • Sustainable Design 
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Water Sustainability and Business

School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Energy and Its Impacts
  • Renewable Energy and its Impacts.
  • Technology, Ecology, Economics, Sustainability
  • Energy Systems & Policy

Wharton School of Business

  • Risk Management - BEPP 805
  • Environmental Management, Law, & Policy
  • Environmental Sustainability and Value Creation

School of Design

  • Sustainable Development in Cities and Regions
  • Green Development
  • Urban Sustainability Planning

Urban Studies Program

  • Cities and Sustainability

Organizational Dynamics Program

  • Organizational Project Management
  • Green Skepticism
  • Building a Business Case for Sustainability 

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