Environment and Sustainability Students on the preserve

Sustainable Planning and Leadership

Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major, Concentration
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Science
School of Arts & Sciences

Lead the Efforts in Creating an Environmentally Sustainable, Responsible World

The Sustainable Planning and Leadership concentration prepares graduates in the Environment and Sustainability major to immediately enter the workforce managing corporate sustainability programs, conducting research and environmental audits, becoming an independent consultant in the green economy, or they may go on to pursue an advanced degree such as a green MBA.

As a Catawba student majoring in Environment and Sustainability with the Sustainable Planning and Leadership concentration, you’ll continue to strive to become a sustainability leader in your workplace, community, and the world. By pairing this concentration with a minor (or major) in another discipline, you’ll gain a truly interdisciplinary education and skillset, leading to increased employability following graduation.

In the meantime, students majoring in the Sustainable Planning and Leadership concentration, and other Environment and Sustainability degree concentrations, have a complete set of resources at their disposal: scholarships, internships, stewardships, practicums, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

Environment & Sustainability Programs at Catawba

Learn about Environment and Sustainability degree programs at Catawba College.

  • Environmental Scholarships

    Students majoring in an environmental degree program are encouraged to apply for an environmental scholarship upon acceptance to the College.

  • Outdoor Laboratory

    Use our campus as your first outdoor laboratory as you conduct field studies and roam our 189-acre ecological preserve located in Catawba’s back yard.

  • Environment Catawba Outreach

    Develop leadership skills as part of Environment Catawba Outreach (ECO), the college’s campus club dedicated to raising environmental awareness on campus.

Program Details

A Leading Sustainability College in the Southeast

We look at sustainability holistically and our roles in the environment. We provide our students with the skills and knowledge to change the world. Sustainability is not just an academic program at Catawba College, but a way of life.

Next-Generation Resources

The Graham Genomics Lab allows students to engage in vital research, gaining broad and deep knowledge in a particular field, enabling them to put that knowledge to work for the common good. It features next-generation sequencing platforms from leading technology providers, including Illumina® and Pacific Biosystems. Catawba students acquire hands-on skills as they conduct research projects and work with innovative sequencing equipment, participating in multi-disciplinary, multi-platform research from concept through to data delivery and interpretation.



Careers - Environment and Sustainability majors from Catawba College are making a difference in the following positions:

    • North Carolina Wildlife Officer
    • Compliance Analyst 
    • GIS Specialist 
    • Environmental Analyst
    • Aquarium Outreach Assistant 
    • Regional Director, Defenders of Wildlife
    • Director, NextGen Air Transportation Consortium at NC State University
    • Founder of Resiliency Lands
    • Park Ranger 
    • Peace Corps Volunteers

Graduate Schools - Catawba College Environment and Sustainability alumni have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following schools:

    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • College of Charleston
    • Duke University
    • The College of William & Mary

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Department of Environment & Sustainability

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2nd Floor
Center for the Environment