Urban Sustainability

Channel your passion for environmental issues into a practical career that can help save the planet.


The urban sustainability program will provide you with the knowledge, power, and skills to promote sustainable policies and practices in your neighborhood and beyond.

The program takes a unique interdisciplinary approach by offering concentrations in economics, environmental science, and sociology. It examines the dynamics between social and natural systems as well as the trade-offs among environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Brooklyn College’s metropolitan setting gives you the opportunity to observe firsthand the issues affecting our cities and devise creative and hands-on solutions that foster environmental protection, social equity, and economic vitality. Alongside your course work, you will learn how to use our geographic information system (GIS) laboratory to produce and analyze data to solve urban sustainability problems. Field trips have included community gardens, local beaches and waterways, public transportation facilities, and city parks. Having the advantage of learning about sustainability from this holistic perspective, you will graduate from the program exceptionally prepared to make our cities, and the world, healthier and more livable.

What is Urban Sustainability?

Learn about the interdisciplinary program of urban sustainability at Brooklyn College. This video provides an overview of the program, and we encourage you to take SUST 1001, Introduction to Urban Sustainability.

Urban Sustainability Student Research

Part of the HSS Student Expo, this presentation highlights students conducting research during internships and as part of their classes. Projects include: Greenpoint Sustainability PodWalk, E-Commerce Impact Scoping Study, Community FloodNet Project, Urban Farming, and Community Development.

Participating Students

  • Malik Ali
  • James Costello
  • Ian Evans
  • Ching-Shiuan Fang
  • Adam Guzman
  • Billie-Rae Johnson
  • Galilea Matias
  • Yamilka Portorreal
  • Emily Riera
  • Kiera Rivas
  • Frank Schellace

Steering Committee

Contact Information

Director: Michael Menser
3316 Boylan Hall
E: mmenser@brooklyn.cuny.edu
P: 718.951.5311

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