Since the early years of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the focus of the university has expanded and changed. However, the value of sustainability and environmental stewardship continues to be reflected in the university today, from its outdoor spaces and buildings to its academic programs, general education policies, environmentally focused student organizations, and its recently revised Select Mission statement.

Sustainability and Sustainable Development has been defined in many ways, but the most frequently quoted definition is from Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." That report outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals with a target date of achievement by 2030. With only 10 years remaining for that target, our students will have an active role to play in reaching those goals.

An interdisciplinary minor in sustainability encourages students to become aware of how intersecting economic, social, and environmental problems affect the global, regional, and local communities and the necessary pathways to address those problems.

Students pursing the minor may find the following suggested courses to be helpful.

Suggested Supporting Courses and the General Education Requirement Satisfied:

ANTHRO 100: Varieties of World Culture (Global Culture/Social Sciences)

BUS ADM 202: Business and its Environment (Social Sciences)

ECON 102: Economics of the Modern World (Social Sciences)

ECON 203: Micro Economic Analysis (Social Sciences/Quantitative Literacy)

ENV SCI 102: Introduction to Environmental Science (Natural Sciences)

HISTORY 220: American Environmental History (Sustainability)

POL SCI 102: Introduction to Politics (Social Sciences)

POL SCI 202/PU EN AF 202: Introduction to Public Policy (Social Sciences)

PU EN AF 215: Introduction to Public Administration (Social Sciences)


Colloquium in Environmental Sustainability & Business
Colloquium in Environmental Sustainability & Business II
EMBI Co-Op/Experience
Upper-Level Requirements:15
Business Element (choose 1 course):
Cost Benefit Analysis
Organizational Behavior
Principles of Marketing
Supply Chain Management
Public Policy Element (choose 1 course):
Natural Resources Economic Policy
Economics of Sustainability
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environmental Planning
Sustainable Land Use
Transitioning to Sustainable Communities
Environmental Law
Natural Resources Policy, Law, and Administration
Global Environmental Politics and Policy
Environmental Science Element (choose 1 course):
Conservation Biology
Environmental Sustainability
Pollution Control
Global Climate Change
Resource Management Strategy
Solid Waste Management
Sustainability Electives (choose from the following list or from the above elements):
Environmental Anthropology
Smart Cities: Engineering the Future
Lean Processes
Global Environmental History
Sustainability through the Humanities
Conservation Psychology
EMBI Co-Op/Experience
Total Credits21


Gregory J Davis; Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University*

John R Stoll; Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky*

Patricia A Terry; Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado*

Christine L Vandenhouten; Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University*

Michael E Zorn; Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison*

David J Helpap; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Elizabeth E Wheat; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University*

John Arendt; Lecturer; M.S., University of Wisconsin - Green Bay