The University of Dayton launches Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies

The University of Dayton is advancing the common good with the launch of a 12-hour graduate certificate in sustainability studies “for professionals with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who are seeking additional sustainability training and education for their careers.” The launch of this certificate program reflects a growing desire and need to hire individuals who are orientated towards growing sustainable environments and communities. University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina explained how “this program will help expand students understanding of sustainability and how they can address environmental issues.”

The certificate has a range of benefits for students from a variety of fields including city planners, administrators, biologists, and various others. Rebecca Potter, sustainability studies program director, notes how “anyone completing this certificate will gain an advantage in securing a job within the growing fields of sustainable management, development, education, and outreach.”

For more information or to apply for the certificate program, click here.

University of San Diego Launches Masters in Social Innovation Program

The University of San Diego has launched a new Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) program in the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Students in the MASI program critically study the roots of social challenges and injustice and then work to create solutions to the social inequality. Areas of focus include poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crisis, pairing these issues with critical thinking, inventiveness, leadership and sustainable design.

The program is designed for those who think beyond present challenges to solution-based ideas. To work towards social innovation, students learn sustainable business design, leadership, communication, human-centered design and problem-solving.

Read more about this new program here.


Food for Thought Friday: UN Mini-series on Laudato Si’

Food for Thought Friday: The call to examine our role in caring for the environment and creation found in Laudato Si’ has inspired many colleges, parishes, and other faith-based organizations to focus on sustainability efforts. The United Nations, through its Sustainable Development Solutions Network, has decided to offer a MOOC mini-series on Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, which may be a helpful resource for these groups.

Among the five presenters is Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, as well as Dr. Anthony Annett, a Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor, also at the Earth Institute.

Available to anyone, the mini-series on Laudato Si’ offers a general survey of the overarching themes of the encyclical. No prior knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching or sustainable development is required.The mini-series of lectures will guide the listener through the encyclical. It will touch on the severity of the state of the environment, the theological and philosophical implications, an interpretation of human behavior as it relates to the environment, and a call for institutional and personal conversion.

Professor Sachs and Dr. Annett are joined by three distinguished lecturers. These include:

  • Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, a Ghanaian Cardinal, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and one of the primary architects of Laudato Si’.
  • Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, an Argentine Bishop, chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Dr. William Vendley, the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International.