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

  • Giving TUEsday campaign to raise funds for CANR Student Club Grants

    Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year’s #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.

    This fund provides support for scholarships, student club activities and alumni programming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The fund also underwrites the CANR Alumni Association’s Student Club Grant Program. 

     

  • Richardson named to EPA board

    Dr. Robert B. Richardson is an ecological economist and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. He also serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as chair of the subcommittee on the Sustainable and Health Communities research program.

     

  • Hamm tapped to lead CANR’s Community Sustainability

    Mike Hamm has been named interim chairperson of the Department of Community Sustainability in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). His appointment was effective Aug. 17.

     

  • Eben Ansah, CSUS MS-A student, Studies Cocoa Certification Program in West Africa

    Eben Ansah

    Eben Ansah features on the The Food Fix Podcast

     

  • Dr. Sarah Nicholls featured on WalletHub.com

    Dr. Sarah Nicholls

    Professor Sarah Nicholls was featured in a WalletHub study examining 2016’s best summer travel destinations.

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Events

  • Date: December 12, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 130

    Food and Agricultural Education in Michigan Elementary Schools: Teacher Interest In, Awareness of, and Use of Resources

     

  • Date: December 12, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 320

    Farmer Participation in Farmer-Led Watershed Groups: A Case Study in the Western Lake Erie Basin

     

  • Date: December 16, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 16. Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will recieve their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

  • Date: December 17, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17. Undergraduates in all CANR majors, including Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will graduate as a part of this ceremony.

  • Date: January 11, 2017
    Location: Natural Resources RM 130

    Estimating Farmer Cost of Production: Implications for Sustainable Growth in Rwanda’s Coffee Sector

     

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