Small class Sizes & Flexible Schedules
Students begin the program with a cohort limited to 20 students from diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of degrees and professional experience. This diversity allows the group to learn from each other as they develop strong professional bonds. Program course schedules accommodate working professionals as well as traditional students, with evening and weekend classes on campus and online options for some course offerings.
“I grew tremendously in this program. We were taught by sustainability leaders with amazing talents and community networks, and I’ve made incredible lifelong connections as a result. The practical approach and interdisciplinary curriculum allowed me to bring innovative and transformational ideas to my work from day one to the final capstone project.”
LeeAnn Glover ‘11 American Family Insurance, WI Sustainable Business Council Advisor
Interdisciplinary & Applied Learning
Courses examine the application of the aspects of sustainability leadership:
- Environmental Quality. Students gain a strong understanding of ecosystems. From this perspective, students explore diverse sectors such as food, land, energy, waste, and water.
- Social Justice. Reducing inequality and increasing inclusion at the local, regional, and global level is a prerequisite of sustainability. Students learn to apply a human rights lens to their ecosystems analysis and practice.
- Economic vitality. Solutions are only sustainable when the economic implications and opportunities are understood and inclusive.
- Leadership Skills. Students develop the knowledge, tools and skills to address complex, interconnected issues using “systems thinking” to engage in a holistic approach to problem-solving. Students learn and practice technical skills including facilitation and participatory process for collective impact.
...To Expand the Classroom
The interactive classes utilize the resources and expertise in the area by taking regional field trips and including sustainability professionals as frequent class guests to offer a broad spectrum of expertise and practical perspectives. Community Fellows also bring their professional experience to each cohort from the forefront of sustainability implementation.
...and Engage the Community
The Sustainability Leadership program is a collaborative innovation center where students, faculty and partners work together on community projects, applying the knowledge and skills being taught to real-world issues. Students tailor their experience to their interests, and complete the program with practical experience and a professional network of colleagues.
Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, is committed to a sustainable college community and campus environment. Edgewood College’s campus is situated on the shore of Lake Wingra, two miles from the State Capitol building. Being a capitol city, home to the largest farmer’s market in the country, the state’s flagship university, more than 2,000 non-profit organizations and dozens of corporations committed to sustainability, Madison is a hub of activity and learning opportunities for Sustainability Leadership students.
Through the Sustainability Leadership class projects and network of partners, students have the opportunity to gain experience in projects that fit their area of interest – from city planning and urban agriculture to corporate sustainability and non-profit leadership.
The majority of the Sustainability Leadership courses meet in Edgewood College’s Mazzuchelli Center overlooking Lake Wingra. In 2003, this building was renovated using reclaimed materials, high-performance glass, and low-VOC paints and finishes. New water and electrical lines were installed to skirt a protected Indian mound. Rain gardens naturally filter runoff from the building and release it to the groundwater supply, rather than straight into Lake Wingra.