AREA 1: INTEGRATIVE SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT 

3 Courses (9 Credits)

  •  Required: SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management (3 credits)      

  •  Required: SUMA PS5200 Integrative Capstone Workshop (3 credits)  

  • Approved Integrative Sustainability Management Elective Course (3 credits)

These three courses give students an understanding of the elements of sustainability by teaching them about the complex interactions between natural and social systems which sustainability practitioners must always consider. Students will also learn about the different ways in which “sustainability” is understood.

Elective Courses:

SUMA PS4100 Sustainability Management

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SUMA PS5030 Hungry City Workshop

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SUMA PS5170 Sustainable Operations

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SUMA PS5025 Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Strategy

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SUMA PS5180 Writing Global Science International Media

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SUMA PS4310 Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership

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SUMA PS5380 Financing Natural Infrastructure

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SUMA PS4734 Earth Institute Practicum

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SUMA PS5700

Ethics for Sustainability Management and Finance

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SUMA PS5240 Sustainable Agriculture

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SUMA PS4130 Sustainable

Cities

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SUMA PS5690 Environmental Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

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SUMA PS4490

Women in Cities: Integrating Needs, Rights, Access and Opportunity into Sustainable Urban Design, Planning and Management

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SUMA PS5450 Access, Innovation in the Transportation Transition

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SUMA PS5525 Consumerism and Sustainability

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SUMA PS5460 Writing Op-Eds, Small Personal Essays and Blog Posts

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SUMA PS5250

Building Resilience in 21st Century Detroit: Roots and Remedies to Racial Injustice

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Integrative Capstone Workshop [SUMA PS5200]

The Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client.

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The final reports and briefings from previous editions of the Integrative Capstone Workshop can be found here

Case Studies Project [SUMA PS4100]

Over the course of the semester, sustainability masters students wrote case studies about an organization (public, private for-profit, private non-profit) that analyzed its efforts to incorporate environmental sustainability into its organizational structure and practices.  With this assignment,  our students addressed the fundamental challenges facing managers in operationalizing sustainability strategies within routine decision-making processes inside organizations.  These case studies identify best and worst practices for organizational management and make reasonable recommendations for integrating sustainability management into the organization. Additionally, the case studies addressed the applicability of these recommendations to other organizations. 

The case studies project for the Sustainability Management course allows students to apply their knowledge to evaluate the environmental sustainability of companies. The final studies from previous editions of the project can be found here.