UMKC is committed to preparing students for “green-collar” careers, and offers a variety of courses with an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability.

Environmental Sustainability Minor

Program Description

Global populations are becoming predominantly urban and the state of the environment is central to issues of quality of life, health and safety. The Environmental Sustainability Minor  Program provides students with the most innovative preparation in urban environmental sustainability through course work that cross cuts multiple disciplines and focuses on integrative solutions. Students develop a foundation knowledge in Earth systems. Students engage the challenges of sustainability through course work and community problem solving in sustainable thinking, planning, policy, and design. Undergraduate students gain essential life skills, a foundation in complex environmental and human systems, and critical problem solving skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

Environmental Sustainability students can describe the interactions and feedback of Earth systems, have knowledge of environmental policy and urban planning, and are engaged in sustainability issues at many scales.

Environmental Sustainability students will be actively involved with diverse communities throughout their course work, and assess sustainability challenges from multiple cultural perspectives and through world experiences.

Environmental Sustainability students will demonstrate this learning through the application of advanced sustainable  knowledge, quantitative, and analytical skills in their application to new settings and complex problems.

Environmental Sustainability students will have the ability to characterize human-environmental interactions analytically and communicate their findings effectively. For more information follow the link:

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies integrates a wide range of fields, including geosciences, engineering, ethics, urban planning and design, economics, history, philosophy, political science and public administration. Students can earn either a B.A. degree or B.S. degree in Environmental Science.

Credit hours: 120

Contact: Mary McDonough
Phone: 816-235-6081
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Environmental Studies Minor

Through face-to-face lectures and a local environmental sustainability internship, the Environmental Studies minor will teach students about the planning and policies involved in creating sustainable changes in an urban setting.

Credit hours: 18

B.A. Program Coordinator
Daniel P. Hopkins, Geosciences Department
Phone: 816-235-1334
Catalog Website

B.S. Program Coordinator
Caroline Davies, Geosciences
Phone: 816-235-1335
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Peer-to-Peer Sustainability Outreach and Education

The UMKC Sustainability Office offers student internships, work-studies (upon availability) and volunteers.  Students are selected based upon their academic merits and passion for learning and sharing sustainability initiatives on campus.  Students work on specific focused programs with a high level of academic rigor in research and practical application.  Student can either use the opportunity for credit hours under their academic adviser, through work-study awards or as volunteers.  The UMKC Sustainability Office has trained and hosted two-dozen undergraduate and graduate student educators since fall semester 2009.


Student are required to submit a proposal for their work in the Sustainability Office in coordination with their academic adviser.  Once the proposal is submitted and accepted the student works directly with the UMKC Sustainability Coordinator on a weekly basis.  Formal training begins with selected readings of academic research for the given discipline under the sustainability proposal and project.  Students then prepare once a week updates on their research and projects to the coordinator.  Students spend 260 hours a semester on their total project time and the outcomes and deliverables include: Final Project Report 8-9 pages along with attachments of education surveys, data collected, methodologies used,case studies, flyers, handouts, photos and posters.

The staff and financial support provided to the program includes one-on-one time of up to 260 hours per semester per student enrolled in the Peer to Peer Sustainability Outreach and Education Program. Also provided is workspace in the UMKC Sustainability Office, access to printer/copiers and other office equipment as needed and work-study awards as available.  For information regarding participation in the program please contact Kaye Johnston E-mail .  There are limited slots available each semester so get your requests and proposals in before the close of the previous semester.

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