Sustainability is about choices made within specific environmental, economic, social, and cultural contexts.  Sustainability scholarship involves creating, integrating and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions.  The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) is an interdisciplinary department that addresses contemporary issues of sustainability in agriculture, recreation, natural resources, and the environment. The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) was formerly called the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS).

Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers three undergraduate majors linked by a common core in community sustainability. These three majors - Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) – share a set of courses centered on community sustainability. The CSUS graduate program offers two graduate majors: Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, CSUS embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

CSUS undergraduate programs are designed to educate scholars and practitioners who are able to create, integrate and harness new knowledge to protect and improve both social and natural systems. We offer a core curriculum in community sustainability that supports three majors: Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT), and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE).

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Graduate

Graduate

CSUS offers two graduate degree programs: one in Community Sustainability (CSUS) and the other in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (STPAM). Both programs offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. CSUS is for students who want an advanced degree related to community sustainability and are interested in interdisciplinary research. STPAM is for students who want an advanced degree related to parks, recreation and tourism with an emphasis on sustainability.

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News

  • Hendrick recommended as new College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean at MSU

    Ronald L. Hendrick

    Ronald L. Hendrick will be recommended as dean of Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, Hendrick’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2016.

     

  • New director of MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

    Rich Pirog

    Rich Pirog will succeed Mike Hamm, Michigan State University C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, as director of the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS).

     

  • MSU Academy for Global Engagement names 10 fellows for 2016

    Ten MSU faculty from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Engineering have been tapped for the 2016 cohort of the Academy for Global Engagement Fellowship Program.

     

    Now entering its third year, the Academy for Global Engagement (AGE) is designed to create a new generation of international research experts at MSU by offering early- to mid-career faculty the opportunity to expand their scholarship on a global level. Created to strengthen MSU’s global networks and support introduce faculty to new global resources, the AGE is nationally recognized as an innovative faculty development program model.

     

  • NSF grant advances research on how predators help crops in fruit-growing areas

    MSU integrative biology graduate student Megan Shave with a nestling American kestrel banded in Leelanau County

    MSU Associate Professor Catherine Lindell is one of 16 recipients of grants totaling more than $20 million made in 2015 by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program for research on how humans and the environment interact.

    Lindell and two MSU colleagues, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources —Philip H. Howard, associate professor of community sustainability, and Brian Maurer, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife and of geography—received a three-year, $498,650 grant to investigate whether predatory bird populations, in this case American kestrels, increase when researchers provide nest boxes in fruit-growing regions and whether these predators reduce crop damage.

     

  • Spartans Feed the World

    By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach nine billion. To feed a population that size, food production will need to increase by 70 percent to 100 percent, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

    To meet this most basic of needs on a massive scale, Michigan State University researchers are increasing their presence throughout Africa, Asia, and Central America—key food-producing regions—and are working directly with farmers, policy makers, and government entities to increase agricultural productivity, improve diets, and build greater resilience to challenges like climate change.

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Events

  • Faculty Panel Discussion - Feb 26

    Date: February 26, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 338

    Faculty panel discussion organized by CSUS graduate students.

  • ANR Week

    Date: March 5, 2016 - March 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Campus

    Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources extends a cordial welcome to visitors to Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. The nation’s pioneer land-grant college was founded more than 150 years ago, guided by a philosophy to serve all the people of the state, an idea that still prevails in 2016.

  • University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

    Date: April 8, 2016
    Location: MSU Union

    Registration is now open for UURAF, the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.  UURAF is an opportunity for students to showcase their scholarship and creative activity to the University community in a conference-like venue. Students present their work to faculty judges in an oral, poster, or performance presentation.

    Students need to register by Friday, Feb. 19 at 11:59 PM. Registration and other detailed information can be found here: www.urca.msu.edu/uuraf

  • AutumnFest

    Date: November 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    41st Annual AutumnFest

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education

    3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game. 

    For more information visit the AutumnFest website at http://www.canr.msu.edu/alumni_donors/alumni/autumnfest

     

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