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Below are selected opportunities that go beyond the application of environment or development separately and deal with the interaction of environment and development and the contributions of science and technology to sustainable development. The list features a handful of the most exciting opportunities that have been brought to our attention and is intended to suggest the range of what's out there; it is not a comprehensive list nor are these necessarily the best programs in existence. Nominations for additional Opportunities are welcome and should be sent to the Managing Editor via email at .

Education and Training

Following are a sampling of courses and educational programs (including college and post-graduate courses, training workshops, short courses, films, exhibits and other public education activities) in science and technology for sustainable development. Teaching and other curriculum materials for a number of these programs are available in the resources section of the Forum. You may also be interested in AAASí ongoing review of university-based programs.

Upcoming Workshops

Academic programs

Agris Mundus Sustainable Development in Agriculture Masters Course


Australia Sustainability and the Environment
School for International Training (SIT)
New South Wales, Australia

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Griffith University Gold Coast campus
Queensland, Australia

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development
Perth, Australia

BLK Program "21" - Education for Sustainable Development
German Bund-Länder Commission for Educational Planning and Research Promotion (BLK) and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

BS Agriculture Food and Sustainability
Unity College
Unity College, Maine

Center for International Earth Science Information Network CIESIN
Columbia University

Center for Sustainable Development
The University of Texas at Austin

Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Kansas State University

Doctoral Research
Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Ecospace Norway

Doctoral Research in Sustainability Science Lund University LUCID

Ecological Economics, Values and Policy (EEVP) B.S.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, USA

Ecological Economics, Values and Policy Professional Masters Program
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, USA

Ecologically Sustainable Development
Perth, Australia

Ecosystems, Governance, and Globalisation: Master's
Stockholm UniversityCentre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research, CTM
Stockholm, SWEDEN

Energy and Environmental Policy Program
The University of Delaware

Environmental Science and Policy at Clark
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

Environmental Science at Clark
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

Environmental Science at UCLA
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Environment Sustainability and Society
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Canada

Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management
University of Copenhagen (Denmark); University of Wales (UK); University of Goettingen (Germany); Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; University of Padova (Italy)

Erb Institute MBA/MS Program
The Erb Institute at the University of Michigan fosters global sustainable enterprise through interdisciplinary research and education initiatives, including our acclaimed MBA/MS Program. Utilizing a collaborative approach, we help business, government and civil society organizations to achieve meaningful progress toward sustainability.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

ESRC Centre for Social Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability STEPS
University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

European Master in Sustainable Regional Health Systems
Vilnius University (Lithuania), University of Deusto (Spain), Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), and University of Verona (Italy)

Federal University of Technology Engineering Program
Federal University of Technology
Minna, Nigeria

FTY 482: Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment.
Forest Bio-products Research Initiative/ School of Forest ResourcesUniversity of Maine
University of Maine

Global Environmental Studies
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts

Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

GLOBES Global Linkages of Biology Environment and Society PhD Program
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

Graduate Program in Energy, Technology and Policy
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California, USA

Graduate Program in Geography and Environmental Systems
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Maryland, USA

Graduate Program in Mathematical and Computational Modeling
National Laboratory for Scientific Computation (LNNC) in cooperation with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Human Environment Regional Observatory Program
Clark University
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

IGNOU Appreciation Programme on Sustainability Science
Indira Gandhi National Open University

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Vienna, Austria

Industrial Ecology for Sustainable Development
Chalmers University of Technology 
Göteborg, Sweden

Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability IRIS
York University
Toronto, ON, Canada

Institute for Sustainability Science in Latin American and the Caribbean
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science IR3S
University of Tokyo

International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development
Maastricht University 
Maastricht, Netherlands

International Joint Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development
University of Graz / Ca’ Foscari University Venice / Leipzig University / Utrecht University / Basel University / Hiroshima University

International Masters Programme in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management (SERM)
University of Malta and James Madison University
University of Malta

Leaders in Sustainability
Los Angeles, California

LLU ESSE21 Mesoamerica Projects: Sustainability, Hazards, Human Health, and Biodiversity
Westminster College of Salt Lake City

LUMES International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Mascaro Sustainability Initiative
University of Pittsburgh

MA Science Society and Development
University of Sussex
Brighton, UK

Master of Environmental Management
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering
The Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

Master of Science in Sustainable Systems
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, USA

Masters in Sustainability Science
University of Southern Queensland
Queensland, Australia

Master's in Sustainable Development
Utrecht University
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Master's International Civil and Environmental Engineering Program
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan, USA

Master’s of Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability
Blekinge Institute of Technology
Karlskrona, Sweden

Masters of Sustainability Science at Unviersity of Tokyo
University of Tokyo

Master's Program in Ecotechnology and Sustainable Development
Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Mid Sweden University
√Ėstersund, Sweden

Master's Program in Sustainability Science
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
University of Tokyo

Master's Program in Sustainable Development
Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Design and Innovation, Utrecht University
Utrecht, the Netherlands

Master’s Programme in Sustainable Enterprising
CTM/Stockholm Resilience Centre, Department of Law, School of Business and Department of Biology Education (BIG) at Stockholm University
CTM / Stockholm

Minor in Sustainability Science and Policy
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion, Pennsylvania

MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering
Cambridge, England

MRes in Sustainability Research
University of Leeds
Leeds, UK

MSc/Diploma in Environmental Sustainability
Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS), University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

MSc in Climate Change and International Development
University of East Anglia
Norwich, UK

MSc in Industrial Ecology
Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and Erasmus University Rotterdam

MSc Sustainability Climate Change
University of Leeds
Leeds, UK

MS Programme on Integrated Land Management in Drylands
The United Nations University (UNU) The Institut des Régions Arides (IRA, Tunisia) The Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT, Tunisia) International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) The Cold and Arid Regions Environmental & Engineering Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAREERI, P.R. China) Arid Land Research Center (ALRC), Tottori University

MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

NAU Environmental Communication
Northern Arizona University

OSU Center for Resilience
Ohio State University

PhD in Environmental Management at Montclair State
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey, USA

PhD in Natural Resources and Sustainability
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

PhD in Sustainable Production Systems
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York

Ph.D. program in Global Linkages of Biology, the Environment, and Society (GLOBES)
The University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

PhD Program in Sustainable Development
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
New York, New York, United States

Ph.D. programme in Sustainability Science, Policy and Practice (ICIS-SSPP)
Maastricht University
The Netherlands

Ph.D. Programme on Science and Management of Climate Change
The University Ca’ Foscari of Venice
Venice, Italy

Post Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development
India Gandhi National Open University
New Delhi, India

Pre Doctoral Program in Environmental and Resource Economics ASU A New American University
Center for Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy; W.P. Carey School of Business in Collaboration with: The School of Sustainability, The School of Life Sciences & The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Social Ecology
Klagenfurt University, Austria
Vienna, Austria

Social Policy and Social Research Doctoral Program, sub-specialty in International Sustainable Development and Justice
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California

SPOL 554 - Environment, Resources and Development Policy (Sustainability Science)
School of Science and Technology, Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California, United States

Study Abroad: Sustainable Development in Latin America
Centro Internacional para el Desarrollo Humano (CIDH), in conjunction with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica

Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Minor
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

Sustainable Business (B.S.)
Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Sustainable Cities Graduate Certificate Program
Center for Sustainable Cities, University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, California, United States

Sustainable Development & Eco-Building Training
EcoConsulting (UK), Ltd.
London, United Kingdom

Sustainable Energy Engineering
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia

Sustainable Universities Initiative
University of South Carolina
South Carolina

Technology for Sustainable Development (TDO) Certificate Program
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, the Netherlands

The New Jersey Sustainable State Institute
Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New School of Sustainability at ASU: MAs and PhDs in Sustainability
Arizona State University    
Tempe, Arizona, USA

Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
University of East Anglia
Norfolk, UK

UAF Resilience and Adaptation Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Alaska

UCSD Environment and Sustainability Initiative
University of California
San Diego, California

Youth Encounter on Sustainability
Alliance for Global Sustainability (a unique university partnership between MIT, University of Tokyo, ETH Zurich and Chalmers University

Past Workshops

Ecosystem Services Conference, National Academy Keck Futures Initiative
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California, USA

Summer School IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam Sustainability
IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam
IBM and Universiti Brunei Darussalam

International Summer School Global Center of Excellence International Network and Training Office
International network and training office (INeT), IFES-GCOE program of Hokkaido University

Summer course in Sustainability Principles and Practice


Summer research Program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
The University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

Center for Sustainable Engineering Workshops
The Center for Sustainable Engineering (CSE) is a partnership among five universities: Syracuse University (lead institution), Arizona State University, Carnegie -Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA

Urban Sustainability Developing Healthy Cities

Harvard University Cambridge, MA

The Santa Fe Institute 2nd Annual Global Sustainability Summer School

Santa Fe, NM

2009 Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy
UC Davis Center For Entrepreneurship
Incline Village, Nevada

2009 Aldo Leopold Leadership Program
Stanford University
Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program 2009
Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Workshop on Geospatial Analysis for Attaining the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Bonn, Germany

ETH PhD Academy for Sustainability and Technology
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Zurich, Switzerland

Third ALTER-Net Summer School
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Peyresq, France

IFRI Training Program
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

2008 PhD Summer School on Earth System Governance
The Summer School is jointly organised by the IVM Department of Environmental Policy Analysis (EPA) and the Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE). 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

PhD Summer School on Earth System Governance
VU University Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy
UC Davis
ncline Village, Nevada

2008 Leopold Leadership Program
The Leopold Leadership Program at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Phd Workshop: Business and Global Governance for Sustainable Development
University of Oslo Center for Development and the Environment
Oslo, Norway

2008 Training Course on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

ETH PhD-Academy on Sustainability and Technology
ETH Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Technology and Sustainable Development - Innovative and integrated approaches in emerging countries
EPFL (Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne) and IITM (Indian Institute of Technology of Madras)
Madras, India

Amazonia 2007 International Summerschool
Institute of Forest Utilization and Work Sciences with the Institute of Silviculture, Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences, University of Freiburg (Germany) in cooperation with the Universidade Federal Rural da Amaz√īnia - UFRA (Brazil) and funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
Belem, Brazil

International Development Design Summit
MIT, Caltech and Olin College
Cambridge, MA

International Field Workshop on ¬ďRenewable Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa¬Ē
ICSU Regional Office for Africa and the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI)/University of Mauritius, in collaboration with the AU, UNECA, NASAC/AAS/TWAS and UNESCO

International Young Scholar Network for Earth Systems Science Workshop
International Geosphere-Biosphere Project (IGBP)
Bristol, UK

Marie Curie European Summer School on Earth System Governance
Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development of Maastricht University
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Sense Summer School: " Understanding Global Environmental Change: Pressure, State and Impact"
SENSE Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment
The Netherlands

Sustainable Practices Series
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

Sustainability, Education and the Management of Change in the Tropics
A multi-year project developed by EARTH (College of Agriculture of the Humid Tropic Region) and the Salzburg Seminar, in collaboration with Noragric (Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences).
Austria, Costa Rica, Uganda, Thailand, Norway

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