Department of Community Sustainability Alumni

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Welcome back, alumni!

You may remember your department by a different name — Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies (CARRS); Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and Communication Systems (ANRECS); and many others. With so many changes, we understand it’s hard to keep track.

Our department name is now the Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) — and it’s one that we consider you a member of!


Recent Alumni News


Student research on water sustainability made possible by MSU alumnus and donor

Meaningful research is not always easy, but with help from the extended MSU network, improving natural resource management is made possible.



CSUS alumnus spotlight: Ted Alter

“Lead in whatever you’re doing by making it possible for others to lead.” Ted reflects on his experiences as an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and academic administrator at Penn State University for over 45 years.



Reducing campus carbon emissions with MSU trees

The MSU Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative (SWRI) program reduced campus carbon dioxide emissions by 50.15 metric tons between 2015-2017.



CSUS alumna spotlight: Deepa Iyer

Deepa shares what makes her work as a farmer and educator meaningful.


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What we've been up to

As we close another academic year, we want to extend a congratulations to our 2021 graduates and welcome you to our CSUS alumni network! We love to hear from our alumni so please stay connected by subscribing to our quarterly newsletter and keep in touch.

Through spring of 2021, as operations remained online, our CSUS students have continued to demonstrate their resilience and passion for sustainability and helping others. In a recent op-ed by CSUS undergraduate Lauren Sawyer, Lauren shares the importance and value of taking an active role in her community, even during a pandemic. CSUS graduate student, Manasi Mishra, took a leadership role in a tremendously successful fundraising campaign to raise money for medical supplies for recent covid surge and resulting humanitarian crisis in India. This campaign brought in over $25,000 in just three days. The stories of amazing perseverance and selfless dedication exemplify the great work our CSUS students do.

CSUS also received the Green Award for its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These DEI awards are given each year to departments across CANR to recognize those making notable strides towards diversity, equity, and inclusion within their units.

Looking towards the start of the fall 2021 semester, we hope this summer will be an opportunity to rest and regroup from a challenging 2020 and optimistically we will all able to gather together safely in the fall.


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Learn more about the history of Community Sustainability!

Check out the interactive timeline below to learn more about how the department came to be.