Georgia Tech launches sustainability master’s degree

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The Georgia Tech master's degree program addresses subjects such as sustainable energy, regulation, and public services policy, Earth systems, the economics of environmental policy, big data, climate policy, and environmental management.

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To empower the next generation of leaders with competencies for sustainability, the Georgia Institute of Technology premieres its Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM).

There is a growing interest from socially responsible private and public organizations to promote the development of clean energy policies. The energy, communications, transport and water infrastructures of the world are undergoing a transformative change, and some universities propose that solutions be generated in the classrooms.

The postgraduate program developed by Georgia Tech aims to prepare students on green policies through robust analytical techniques and in-depth knowledge of energy and environmental issues. Its educational program intends to prioritize the development of skills for the administration of Earth systems and resources through the understanding of best environmental practices.

Marilyn A. Brown, professor of Sustainable Systems at the School of Public Policy of Georgia Tech, states: “The world’s energy economy is undergoing transformational change, and as the public and private sectors strengthen their commitment to green practices, the need will increase for well-trained policy experts able to design, implement, and manage responses to sustainability issues. This program will provide such leaders.”

The curriculum addresses subjects such as sustainable energy and voluntary environmental commitments, cost-benefit analysis, regulation, and public services policy, Earth systems, the economics of environmental policy, big data, climate policy, and environmental management.

Students will also learn analytical techniques to estimate and evaluate sustainability indicators; they will be able to expertly assess the context of energy and environmental problems, and understand environmental ethics and its implications for the practice of sustainability.

This initiative is not an isolated effort; institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and the University of Michigan have master's programs in sustainability in its educational offer.