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.
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).
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.
Professor Sarah Nicholls was featured in a WalletHub study examining 2016’s best summer travel destinations.
CSUS PhD Student Selected for Borlaug Fellowship, Awarded Best ISSRM 2016 Student Paper
Two CSUS PhD Students Receive Future Leaders Forum Fellowship
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Sparty’s Cabin,” a student-led project to build Michigan State University’s first tiny house, took place on Earth Day to emphasize the goal of sustainability. The project was a collaborative effort from the start, including MSU’s student chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, faculty and staff members of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Department of Forestry, Department of Sustainability, the Surplus Store and Recycling Center and the Breslin Center. Community experts and volunteers also participated in the construction of the tiny house.
Drs. Sarah Nicholls and Dan McCole presented the Michigan Tourism Year-in-Review and Outlook at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Lansing Center on April 18.
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