At Towson, we want to make sure that all members of our campus community are global stewards.
For students to meet the world's changing needs, our curriculum offers several levels of education for students interested in sustainability. The Environmental Science and Studies (ESS) program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
All ESS students complete a Senior Capstone Project exploring sustainability on campus or in our community. Recent projects have included a presentation on how to green Baltimore County Public Schools, a study on reducing the food footprint on campus, replenishing Baltimore’s urban forest, and greening the Towson fleet. These projects allow students to apply classroom skills and knowledge to a real situation.
Towson University's Environmental Conference is organized by the Office of Civic Engagement and the Office of Sustainability to provide a forum for students, faculty, staff and community members to share concerns, ideas and solutions related to sustainability. Sessions are based on a specific environmental theme, and the campus and external community is invited to submit proposals for conference workshops. Past speakers and workshop presenters have included:
- Antje Danielson, Director of Tufts University Institute of the Environment
- Dr. Don Boesch, USM Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability
- Spike Gjerde, head chef of Woodberry Kitchen
- Sarah Rider, Owner of Flying Plow Farm
- Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in environmental studies, economics, anthropology and art history.
Professional Development Opportunities
Our internal eLearning Center (TEC) offers several courses in green business strategy to familiarize TU faculty and staff with valuable information on sustainability planning and implementation.