Overview: This thematic area is a good fit for students who are interested in studying scientific and human aspects of environment and sustainability. Scientific aspects of environment include land restoration, strategies to control pollution, efficient use of energy resources and discovering sustainable ways of living in a world facing climate change. The human aspect of ESSR may include topics such as environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, implementation of green business strategies, politics and economics of conservation etc. Students learn about the efforts being made in the area of environmental sustainability and how they might be extended to preserving vulnerable populations, flora and fauna. Students also learn methods to become active participants in the environmental sustainability movement at the global level.

Coursework examples: A student who declares ESSR as a thematic area and is interested in studying environment and social justice can take classes in law, philosophy, human rights, sociology, environmental sciences and community development. Or, a student interested in studying environmentally sustainable business strategies can take classes in environmental science, geography, economics, business and urban planning. There are several course options for this thematic area, which can be found in the current recommended course list.

Possible career paths: Some possible career paths for students who declare ESSR as a thematic area include environmental law, environmental NGOs, green start-up companies, sustainability division of MNCs, community organizer, researcher for an international environmental agency such as UNEP etc. For more information, visit the career prep section.