This site features the sustainability and climate action plans published by Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ENST 490) and Sustainability & Climate Action Planning (ENST 241) students at Colgate University.
These classes explore the initiatives, programs, and policies being implemented at the local and regional government level to promote sustainability and address climate change. Students investigate diverse policy pathways from national and local case studies. Whenever possible, students work in groups with community partners, including those in the upstate New York region, to solve complex challenges facing local governments and organizations trying to enact meaningful climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, and sustainability-related policy. These projects will be informed by different theoretical orientations to sustainability, allowing students to gain practical experience in civic engagement and policy making.
Overall, students will explore the impact of global (climate) change on different communities and the challenges associated with addressing these issues from a public policy and planning perspective. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to create sustainability and climate action planning documents for different communities / regions. The goal for this course is to achieve an advanced, interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary environmental issues.