Roosevelt University sustainability students & faculty with Van Jones
Roosevelt University Sustainability Studies students and faculty meet with Green Collar Economy author Van Jones.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, I co-founded the Sustainability Studies (SUST) program at Roosevelt University with my College of Professional Studies colleagues Mike Bryson and Brad Hunt. You can find out more about the Roosevelt University program through its homepage and blog. Mike and I cowrote an essay “Creating the Sustainable City: Building a Seminar (and Curriculum) Through Interdisciplinary Learning” for the July 2010 edition of Metropolitan Universities (link opens a PDF), which gives readers an idea of specific curricular goals for Roosevelt’s program and a good general sense of interdisciplinary sustainability pedagogy.

Pratt undergraduate Zoe Herring and I meet industrial designer Dieter Rams

I moved to the Pratt Institute in 2012 to develop and teach sustainability courses as part of the larger sustainability initiative that includes the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS), the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, and the CSDS Resource Center. We created Pratt’s Sustainability Studies Minor during the 2012-13 academic year, and I serve as the co-ordinator of the minor.

Students in my SUST 405 seminar tour the Annabelle Selldorf-designed Sunset Park MRF.

The vast majority of Pratt students major in art, design, and architecture. Regardless of major, however, any Pratt undergraduate who has room for 15 credit hours of our courses may minor in Sustainability Studies. Over the past several years, students from all of those disciplines as well as the liberal arts and sciences have integrated the Sustainability Studies minor into their coursework. I attend crits and project presentations in several disciplines and am inspired by how our students use their disciplinary training to address the problems and challenges we present in the minor’s courses.

Pratt students interested in declaring the minor should contact me. Students sure about declaring the minor can download the minor declaration form (opens as a PDF) prior to our meeting.

Fall 2021 courses:
SUST-405-01 Production, Consumption, Waste (Tuesdays 2pm, online)
SUST-405-02 Production, Consumption, Waste (Wednesdays 2pm, online).

Spring 2022 courses:
SS-201T-01 The Sustainable Core (Mondays 5pm, North Hall)
SUST-410-01 Nature and Technology in History (Tuesdays 2pm, North Hall)

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