Sustainability Practices and Policy

About the sustainability practices and policy major

This major focuses on the development and implementation of policies that help communities meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. You will become prepared to lead and manage sustainability efforts in government, nonprofits, and businesses. You will learn to identify problems, address sustainability issues, and bring real change to communities and companies.

Skills and abilities this major develops: strategic planning, critical thinking, leadership, and research.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Environmental justice
  • Leadership and ethics
  • Natural resources and environmental policy
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Sustainable lifecycles
  • Sustainable management

Possible careers

  • Community outreach marketer
  • Environmental attorney*
  • Green entrepreneur
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Urban planner

*This career requires additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • August Mack
  • Government agencies
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • Keter Environmental
  • Profit and nonprofit businesses

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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