Sustainability & Environmental Studies

Program Highlights

Define the key concepts, principles, and issues related to sustainability and the environment
Gain an overview of major environmental issues and learn about both the global and local impacts of these challenges
Examine significant historical events and milestones in the evolution of environmental awareness and sustainability movements
Introduced to sustainable practices and social aspects in various sectors
Explore the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, highlighting how various fields contribute to addressing sustainability issues

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July 21, 2024 August 2, 2024


University of Washington
Seattle, WA


  • "I’ve done other programs like this before, but this one was far better than any other. I felt a real connection to all the staff and felt comfortable discussing my problems with them. I loved my class as it gave me new insights into what I might do in the future, and lastly it introduced me to new people who I hope to stay in contact with for years to come."

    Jeremy T.

  • "I felt so welcomed by my peers and staff at this program, and I am so excited for a real college experience!"

    Carter G.

Course Overview

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful part of the US to learn about sustainability practices due to its commitment to the environment through public policy, education, and social movements. Seattle will be used as a footprint to show how some significant cities are implementing sustainability movements. Students will leave the course with a well rounded view of past policies and impacts on the environment and the future of sustainability.

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Course Structure

There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During week two, students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers).

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