Applied Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Students who complete Champlain's Applied Sustainability program will gain the skills and competencies they need to be successful in the field.

Communication: Effectively articulate the concept and practice of sustainability, demonstrating theoretical and practical knowledge of ecological, social, and economic systems and their intersections through interpersonal, written, oral, persuasive, and conflict management skills. Employ culturally appropriate modes of communication for diverse audiences.

Research, Data Interpretation, and Technology Use: Execute measures appropriate for information gathering for sustainability through qualitative and quantitative methods and reasoning. Apply and evaluate scientific analysis as it relates to sustainability. Explain the role of technology in the field(s).

Collaboration: Work with diverse stakeholders to ensure equity in representation for inclusive sustainability solutions. Execute rhetorical and conflict management skills to successfully navigate group dynamics.

Systems-thinking: Analyze complex systems across different domains (society, environment, economy, cultural, political) and at varying scales (local to global) through considering cascading effects, inertia, feedback loops, emergence, and other systemic features in order to develop insights related to sustainability issues, challenges, and opportunities (past, current, and future).

Transdisciplinary Thinking: Assess, integrate, and apply the concepts and methods of different academic disciplines including environmental, sociological, psychological, theological, economic, scientific, and cultural frameworks to conduct and communicate sustainability research that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

Ethics: Analyze, critique, and apply Ethical Codes of Conduct in the analysis, interpretation, and development of sustainability solutions in relevant disciplines.

Antiracism: 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.

Understanding and Applying Interconnectedness: 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.