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.

Undergraduate

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.

Graduate

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.

Events

  • Oct 12

    2020 Michigan Good Food Virtual Summit

    October 12, 2020 – November 20, 2020 Online

    The 2020 Michigan Good Food Summit is a series of virtual gatherings featuring stories, presentations, and panel discussions from communities and organizations across Michigan.

  • Oct 22

    PhD Final Defense: Pat McKay

    October 22, 2020 9:45 AM Zoom

    Pat's dissertation offers a lesson on the human dimensions of governance and how it has contributed to a disruption of socio-ecological systems.

  • Nov 12

    CANR College Night: Natural Resources: Sustainable Environments

    November 12, 2020 6:30PM – 7:30PM Online

    This CANR College Night runs for 60 minutes and covers programs in the theme of Natural Resources: Sustainable Environments. It will highlight how Spartans in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are having an impact on the world around them.

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