The Department of Community Sustainability engages with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address social choices within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts that advance or conflict with sustainability goals.

Sustainability is about choices made within specific environmental, economic, social, and cultural contexts.  Sustainability scholarship involves creating, integrating and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions.  The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) is an interdisciplinary department that addresses contemporary issues of sustainability in agriculture, recreation, natural resources, and the environment. The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) was formerly called the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS).

Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers three undergraduate majors linked by a common core in community sustainability. These three majors - Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) – share a set of courses centered on community sustainability. The CSUS graduate program offers two graduate majors: Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, CSUS embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.


CSUS undergraduate programs are designed to educate scholars and practitioners who are able to create, integrate and harness new knowledge to protect and improve both social and natural systems.


CSUS offers three graduate degree programs to prepare scholar-activists interested in sustainability, recreation and tourism, food systems, agriculture education and international development for research, community engagement and knowledge production.


  • Audrie Adams works as an intern at a kayak outfitting business

    2019 CSUS Student Photo Contest

    Published on September 9, 2019

    Did you take great photos during your job, internship, study abroad, or research this summer? We'd love to see them! Share your photos to be entered into a random drawing for a CSUS t-shirt.

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  • Nov 20

    MS-B Final Project Defense: Danielle Brugnone

    November 20, 2019 2:00 PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 130, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Danielle Brugnone worked with Michigan librarians to help them develop seed libraries for her MS-B project. Learn about her work at her final project defense.

  • Nov 22

    MS-A Thesis Proposal Defense: Garrett Sieloff

    November 22, 2019 2:30PM - 4:00PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Garrett Sieloff's proposed research explores factors influencing Michigan consumers’ trust and confidence in tap, filtered, and bottled water servicers.

  • Nov 22

    CSUS Community Discussion

    November 22, 2019 3:00 PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 338, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the Department of Community Sustainability for a discussion on racial bias and intolerance on campus. We will talk about community wellbeing and we can grow together.

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Art Exhibit Upcycles Plastic Waste to Address Environmental Issues

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