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Hands-on Learning in Sustainability Studies

From classroom to forest: opportunities to join in a variety of clubs and activities

As a Sustainability Studies student, you’ll have a chance to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to the sustainability challenges we face in communities and globally. Our program stresses development of critical thinking and excellent reading, research, and writing skills among our students.

We want each of our students to have the opportunity to be admitted to excellent graduate school programs so that those who choose to do so might advance their education and their career opportunities through earning a Master’s Degree or a Doctorate in a field relevant to sustainability.

We also value hands-on learning for our students as a means for them to gain experience and make professional connections useful for moving directly into sustainability work upon graduation. Hands-on learning opportunities open to you include research and writing based work for businesses and organizations as well as getting your hands dirty with projects in local food, recycling, youth education, campus operations, event planning and coordination, community organizing, and more.

Seek out opportunities for hands-on learning through your Sustainability Studies courses and through participating in student clubs. Talk with your professors about your ideas and interests so that they can help guide you to relevant opportunities at your campus and in your community.

Rocky Mountain Land Management Internship

Work part-time with the USFS while earning a Sustainability Studies degree.

Service / Organizations / Clubs

Sustainability in Bhutan: Learning in the Land of Happiness

The Sustainability Studies students were invited by Royal Thimphu College to travel to the remote Asian country of Bhutan for an academic field experience during the fall of 2018. Following are blog posts by students and faculty.

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Saying Good Bye

By Sunny Frost

I watch a group of students, faculty, and facilitators that are circled around a center stage. Performers wearing Traditional Bhutanese dress, costumes, and masks perform a history of Bhutanese beliefs and tradition through dance and theatre. This was our farewell. As I watched the performance with my peers, I am confronted with the shared emotional reaction we were all collectively having… Read more: Saying Good Bye

Bhutan’s Important Relationship with India

By Matthew Vaneyll

Bhutan is located in between two regional powers that have significant military force. Due to its location, Bhutan serves as a barrier to further Chinese aggression to India’s “chicken neck” area of Siliguri Corridor. Because of this, India seeks to have a strong relationship with Bhutan. This can be seen from recent current events in Bhutan from 2017: Chinese forces… Read more: Bhutan’s Important Relationship with India

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Textile similarities between Bhutan and Peru

By Jose Guzman

Coming to Bhutan has always been a dream for me. Now that I am here I cannot help to compare this culture with others in the world. I would guess that everybody is doing the same, comparing streets, airports, restaurants, hotels, and the very campus or Royal Thimphu College with our known world. Since I am from Peru and have… Read more: Textile similarities between Bhutan and Peru

CMC is committed to sustainability. We intend to reduce the college’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 12.5% every 5 years until carbon neutrality is reached in the year 2050.

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