About Sustainable Communities

Why Sustainable Communities?

Because leaders need to think holistically about governing their communities and managing their organizations. To do this, the master's program in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University integrates the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity – to provide a comprehensive perspective on cities, regions, states, non-profit organizations, and institutions. Collaboration is at the heart of the Sustainable Communities program, which draws upon diverse academic disciplines: anthropology, economics, environmental science, geography, geology, philosophy, political science, public administration, and sociology.

Through this two-year program, you can pursue a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Communities. The flexibility and versatility of our program allow you to learn the broad concepts of sustainability and choose a concentration that interests you, while creating a pathway to job opportunities in different sectors.

Graduates will acquire the knowledge and experience to become skilled problem solvers and policymakers who champion more sustainable futures. We aim to develop people who will become public officials, community leaders, organization managers, planners and leaders, who think broadly and act collaboratively – people who will rise to the forefront of sustainability.

Outcomes of the program

The goals of the master's program in Sustainable Communities is to provide professionally oriented students with the skills, knowledge, experiences and networks necessary to meet their career objectives. Graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an intellectual and experiential understanding of sustainability;

  • Communicate effectively about sustainability to different audiences and for different purposes;

  • Conceptualize the origins and definitions of sustainability and interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic frameworks;

  • Understand the ethical implications of decisions and actions across diverse cultural, political, and social perspectives;

  • Develop analytical skills for applying and assessing sustainability policies in various settings;

  • Collaborate with and lead others to translate the needs of sustainable communities into policy solutions and public/private action

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "although their specific career paths might differ, sustainability professionals promote environmental protection, social responsibility and profitability." Our first-of-its-kind Sustainable Communities program integrates the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to expand your job opportunities.

Sustainability jobs continue to grow in every market sector. The ​U.S. ​Bureau ​of Labor ​Statistics indicates that the employment outlook for sustainability and environmental specialists is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.