2014 course offerings that will apply toward a Climate Change Studies minor
The Climate Change Studies (CCS) minor builds upon and complements a number of other campus initiatives, including the Presidents Climate Commitment, UM Climate Action Now, Sustainable Campus Committee, Green Thread Initiative, and Energy Technology Program.
Presidents Climate Commitment
The CCS minor provides the curriculum necessary to meet the President’s Climate Commitment. President Dennison signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment in spring, 2007, which states: “We believe colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by modeling ways to minimize global warming emissions, and by providing the knowledge and the educated graduates to achieve climate neutrality.”
UM Climate Action Now (UM CAN)
The CCS minor draws students from UM CAN, whose mission is to build bridges between faculty, students, and community through active public engagement to work towards a sustainable and carbon neutral campus. UM CAN is an organization of more than fifty students, representing several departments campus-wide and with members ranging from freshmen to graduate students.
Greening UM is a coalition representing all UM sustainability initiatives on campus from those in the classroom to those in the heating plant. This website is maintained and overseen by the Sustainable Campus Committee and the Office of Sustainability.
Green Thread Initiative
This CCS minor complements the Green Thread Initiative, a curricular initiative to infuse sustainability into courses across UM through faculty training.
Energy Technology Program
The CCS minor builds upon and complements the Energy Technology (ET) AAS degree program at the College of Technology. Several courses offered in the ET program fulfill the proposed minor’s need for solutions-based approaches to global climate change.