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Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It starts in the classroom.

For the first time, Miami students will be able to major in sustainability. The University Senate recently approved an updated “Sustainability Co-Major” offering students an inter-disciplinary perspective on global environmental, economic, and social issues.

The term “co-major” means that students must pair Sustainability with a primary major, adding an emphasis on sustainability concepts and applications, and a 21st century perspective on human-nature interactions in understanding environmental patterns and processes. The Sustainability co-major prepares students for career paths and post-graduate degrees in sustainability, especially those in design, management, and policy.

2009-10 Technology Challenge Winners Turn Biomass into "Tru-Gas"

Posted on: 3/15/2011

The winners of the 2009-10 Miami University Interdisciplinary Technology Development Challenge (MUITDC) developed an innovative and practical way to turn waste biomass into energy.

Architecture Seminar Explores Sustainable Design

Posted on: 12/27/2010

Alumni Hall may be one of Miami's oldest buildings, but inside students are learning 21st century design techniques. In ARC 406C / 506C "Case Studies in Sustainable Design" students learn about the broad spectrum of sustainable strategies in architecture and construction, while allowing deep investigation through student-created case study research.

NSF Grant Funds Student Planning for Hueston Woods Watershed Education and Research Center

Posted on: 12/27/2010

Aerial photo of Four Mile Creek watershed, including Hueston Woods State Park and Miami UniversityAn interdisciplinary Team is being assembled to develop plans for a new Watershed Education and Research Center for Hueston Woods State Park. The project is being supported through a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. Team members will include, students from Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design and students from relevant areas in the natural sciences, including but not limited to the fields of Zoology, Biology, Geography, Chemistry and Environmental Science.

Miami Geologist Shows Insect Damage Accompanied Past Climate Change

Posted on: 12/1/2010

Ancient insects migrated northward and increased in diversity and abundance during a period when global temperatures gradually warmed about 60 million years ago, according to a study by Ellen Currano, assistant professor of geology at Miami University, and colleagues. Their study - the cover article of the November issue of the journal Ecological Monographs - examined the long-term effects of temperature change on plants and insect herbivores in the fossil record of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.

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