Academic Programs

Through academic programs and project work, WPI students advance all aspects of sustainability in a way that will have true meaningful, positive impact on communities beyond our campus.

Courses on Sustainability

WPI offers many courses across all four schools (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Business, and Global) that focus on a range of sustainability issues, from the reduction of poverty to gender equality to affordable and clean energy. See a listing of WPI’s sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses.


WPI Projects on Sustainability

WPI alpine loop team in Iceland

Projects are at the heart of a WPI education. With project work, students must consider the big picture, think like entrepreneurs, and collaborate as they work together in teams as they seek sustainable solutions alongside partners in communities around the globe.

Examples of sustainability-related projects include:

Annual Sustainability Project Competition

WPI sustainability project competition student presenting poster

In addition to WPI's formal project-based learning curriculum, the university also hosts an Annual Sustainability Project Competition that showcases any student projects related to research in one or more aspects of sustainability— including the environment, social justice, and the economy. Students can also choose to associate their project with one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The competition was held virtually in 2023 and produced a variety of innovative first-year, undergraduate, and graduate student projects—from using media to influence agricultural perceptions on climate change to envisioning paths to improve the Massachusetts Climate Resilience Policy.

Learn more about the most recent competition, as well as previous projects from 2022 and student work from 2021.