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Grow a Thriving Future

Our environments, communities, governments, and economies are deeply interconnected. Learn the skills needed for the world's most complex challenges.

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Our planet needs change makers.

In Champlain’s Applied Sustainability major, you’ll examine the intersections of social justice, environmental health, and economic welfare, learning to take effective actions and ask the right questions. And from the beginning, you’ll develop the skills necessary for a rewarding career that protects people and the planet.

What Is Applied Sustainability?

Applied sustainability combines disciplines including environmental science, economics, social sciences, and policy to build a holistic understanding of the complexities involving sustainability. It equips you with the knowledge and skills to tackle pressing global challenges, such as climate change, resource depletion, pollution, and social inequality. By majoring in applied sustainability, you can actively contribute to finding innovative solutions and creating a positive impact on the environment and society.

Why Study it at Champlain College?

Our Applied Sustainability program is an optimal pathway into a career that makes you proud; this major is centered on the professional skills you’ll rely on in any field you choose. Working with your faculty advisor and career coach, you’ll explore careers you might enjoy (some of which you’ve never even heard of!) and create the educational experience to set you up for success.

You’ll be well qualified to work with nonprofits and activist organizations, and the career opportunities don’t end there: More and more businesses, from small companies to large corporations, are recognizing the need to make their operations sustainable. This is “the career field for those who wish to pursue a degree in sustainability is vast,” reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Different By Design

Learn From Where You Live

Live your values in Burlington, one of the first cities to source 100% renewable energy and an incubator for new practices in sustainable futures.

Small Classes, Big Effect

Access to change agents is one-of-a-kind with small classes and close ties to the Statehouse. Our students have even helped pass climate laws.

Grow Your Roots

The Applied Sustainability program isn’t just one thing – you can adapt your own studies by choosing from a list of concentrations ranging from Data Science for Sustainability to Environmental Policy.


Champlain College is among more than 100 institutions implementing the student Eco-Reps program, advocating, modeling, and educating peers on environmentally responsible living.


Funds established by the Green Revolving Fund in 2013 to invest in proposals and projects that support energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability efforts at Champlain College.

With endless ways to tailor your studies through a minor and electives, you can forge your own path to a career in whatever you want.


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Career Success

Applied Sustainability graduates are well qualified to work for nonprofits and activist organizations, and many businesses are recognizing the need to make sustainable choices—that’s where you enter.

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By the time you graduate, you will…

  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways that humans and other living beings/species cohabitate on the planet and apply principles and applications that promote shared coexistence.
  • Apply and evaluate scientific analysis as it relates to sustainability.
  • Recognize manifestations of privileges, power, and white supremacy in local, regional, and global contexts to actively ensure diverse perspectives and worldviews (including legal, cultural,  and spiritual) are held in equal regard when considering, developing, and implementing sustainability solutions.

You’ll Find a Career In…

  • Climate policy specialist
  • Conservation planner
  • Corporate sustainability strategist/director 
  • Education program coordinator/director 
  • Energy analyst
  • Green product manager
  • Land conservation program manager
  • Legislative project manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Sustainability consulting
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban planner
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    A Leader Among Green Colleges

    Year after year, the Princeton Review includes Champlain College on its Guide to Green Colleges list. In Champlain’s Center for Service & Sustainability, you’ll find many ways to serve the community and take on leadership roles. You can become an Eco-Rep, participate in Sustain Champlain initiatives, take care of bees in our campus apiary, grow vegetables in the community garden, and find all kinds of volunteer work both on and off campus.

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