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.

News

  • 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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Events

  • Oct 23

    MS-A Thesis Proposal Defense: Laura Young

    October 23, 2019 2:00 PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 130, East Lansing, MI 48824

    What are decision support systems and what is their impact on learning/decision making? Laura Young will defend her thesis proposal to research DSS tools.

  • Nov 9

    AutumnFest

    November 9, 2019 Starts 3 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Illinois football game. Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910

    Meet with alumni and mingle with supporters from Michigan’s agricultural and natural resources industries while enjoying great food and raising money for scholarships, student activities and alumni programming.

  • Dec 3

    Give Green Day

    December 3, 2019 12:00AM - 11:59PM

    Spartans will come together Dec. 3 to give to the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

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Featured in the News

Editorial: How are we dune?

Published on October 3, 2019
by Traverse City Record Eagle

Sand dune enthusiasts flock to Lansing

Published on October 1, 2019
by Spartan Newsroom

Forces for Good Food Spotlight Series: MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Published on September 17, 2019
by New Venture Advisors

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