The Global Sustainability Initiative is a conceptual framework that encompasses several trans-disciplinary research and academic programs at the University of Virginia. Directed by Prof. Phoebe Crisman, the Initiative seeks to advance sustainability theory and practice through a combination of faculty and student research, innovative teaching and academic programs, and cross-university dialogue and exchange. This website contains resources related to the foundation course in Global Sustainability, the Minor in Global Sustainability, and the interdisciplinary Major in Global Studies – Environments + Sustainability track. An archive of associated student and faculty research projects is available, along with news and updates about current events.
Apply to the Minor Application form and essay prompts.
View Course Lists Required minor courses in the five categories, by term and semester.
Foundation Projects Student projects from the Global Sustainability foundation course.
GSI Media Coverage Global Sustainability Initiative at the University of Virginia in the news.
“The minor allowed me to take courses in areas that at first do not seem completely relevant to my interests, such as economics. As a result, it broadened my understanding of the issues and gave me more perspective.”
“I feel like this class made me re-evaluate my place in the world, especially in regards to sustainable practices. By exposing us to different aspects of sustainability from a global perspective, this course provided a thorough curriculum that was empowering…I feel committed to being far more engaged in making a difference.”
“The main reason I have decided to study and undertake Global Sustainability as a minor is because I feel I have a responsibility to the place I live –the world and it is something that I would like to pursue in my professional career. After graduation, I plan to work and gain some real world experience of the architecture world and then attend grad school to study sustainable architectural design.”