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Tim Godaire '12

"I learned that Unity’s small size enabled professors to connect with students and provide unique opportunities to study the outdoors."

Tomorrow’s environmental professionals need to be smart, flexible, and creative problem solvers who are prepared to face 21st century environmental challenges. 

That’s why we’ve developed a suite of programs that cultivates a broad literacy in global-change issues and encourages growth in new academic areas, like sustainability science. Sustainability and Global Change students work with community partners to address difficult environmental problems through the development and application of real-life measures to protect our natural and social worlds.


Training Global Citizens

As a student within the Center for Sustainability and Global Change, you should be prepared to conceptualize, synthesize, crunch numbers, and present your work with a sophisticated understanding of how systems work together. What you’ll gain is the confidence to explore new ideas and the courage to act and lead as a responsible global citizen.

Our academically challenging liberal arts core will also teach you how to think critically, write and speak effectively, reason through problems, and embrace learning as a life-long endeavor.

Practicing What We Preach

We find that our students learn best when they can get their hands involved, whether it is in the field or the lab. Long after college, you will remember these experiences and the lessons they brought to life.

We believe that you will learn as much from what we do as from what we say. Our Center supports sustainability efforts on campus and works in areas like green building technology, renewable energy, facility composting, and in the campus gardens. And we practice what we preach by involving ourselves in community-based learning and service projects. 

In addition, students pursuing studies in either the Sustainable Energy Management or the Environmental Policy, Law and Society program are eligible to apply and will be given priority for The Richard David Stutzke Foundation Scholarship. The foundation chose to award the scholarship to Unity College in large part because of the College’s decision in 2012 to become the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels.

Cultivating 21st Century Ideas

The Center for Sustainability is a place where good ideas are cultivated and implemented, where earth-focused and community-minded students are not afraid of complex problems and never stop asking, “Why?” Sustainability and Global Change programs provide the powerful mix of science, technology, and social science skills necessary to graduate advocates for and architects of change.

Career Options for Sustainability and Global Change Programs Graduates

  • Community Development Coordinators
  • Earth Science/Environmental Educators
  • Energy Auditors
  • Energy Policy Researchers
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Farmers and Farming Specialists
  • Food Writers and Journalists
  • Hydrologic Field Technicians
  • Laboratory Analysts
  • Land Trust Directors
  • Land-Use Planners
  • Lobbyists
  • Renewable Energy Resource Analysts
  • Shoreline Zoning Coordinators
  • Soils Field Technicians
  • Sustainability Coordinators