The Environmental & Sustainability Studies program inspires students to be positive agents for change in the world and gives them the tools they need to be part of the solution they want to see. Through this program, under the umbrella of our Social Science & Policy Studies Department, our faculty and students tackle local and global issues and projects that affect residents from Worcester to Morocco.

WPI’s project-based program gives students the technological and scientific skills needed to comprehend complicated environmental issues—and the relevant sociopolitical understanding and the practical hands-on work to find effective, sustainable, and culturally sensitive solutions to problems. We investigate ways to strike a balance between improving the quality of life and honoring humankind’s responsibility to natural resources.

The program gives key insights, understanding, and comprehension of the human dimensions and impact on environmental change. We know what works in New York might not work in Australia, so WPI students are immersed in an innovative curriculum that draws on what we consider an interdisciplinary approach where biology, chemistry, philosophy, history, and environmental law and policy are all essential factors in understanding the bigger picture.

Bettering the Environment

Faculty and students unite in their drive to better the environment. WPI’s hands-on projects deliver practical experience in areas such as sustainability studies, environmental justice, environmental sciences, and environmental politics.

Working Together for Change

The collaborative environment in WPI’s Social Science & Policy Studies Department allows students and faculty to work closely to understand a human world where technology is growing at a rapid rate.

Worcester Project Center

Professor Rob Krueger is the founding director of the Worcester Project Center. Learn how that initiative launched a local move toward sustainable development.

40+

project centers on six continents

#1

Most Popular Study Abroad Program

The Princeton Review (2016)
$169,447

raised by WPI students to benefit charities 

2015-16

Critical Urban Moments

Read Professor Robert Krueger’s blog, Critical Urban Moments for reflective and thoughtful comments on issues ranging from urban design to sustainability to climate change.

Career Possibilities

A degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies opens career possibilities in diverse and growing fields such as academia, government, legal, or environmental.