Local university, Global solutions

There’s a new green giant in town.

The first of its kind in the U.S., the USF School of Global Sustainability is an “innovative effort aimed at preparing students for a new generation of “green collar” careers and to find solutions for a world challenged with the protection of its fragile environment and limited resources.”

The school aims to unite researchers in environmental and sustainable programs with the challenge to create sustainable systems. It will also help educated a workforce for the new green economy.

The school will formally launch on Thursday with a two-day conference at the Marshall Student Center.

“The University of South Florida is committed to creating a 21st Century which is healthy, sustainable and prosperous for both Florida and for communities far beyond our borders. This school is a major step in that direction,” said USF President Judy Genshaft in a press release. “The School of Global Sustainability will leverage USF’s existing strengths to build new opportunities for our students and faculty. We are dedicated to preparing our students to face the challenges of the world we know now and of the world that will exist in their lifetime.”

The school launches with an inaugural Master’s degree program that focuses on water. The estimated $3 million annual budget will be funded through tuition of students who enroll and faculty research grants and private and corporate gifts.

You can read more about the School for Global Sustainability and other USF sustainability efforts in a Q&A posted earlier with Director Dr. Christian Wells.


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