Embargo Period


Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Udi Butler

Second Advisor

Rachel Slocum


Climate change threatens our world and way of life. Intelligent development and investment could mitigate the worst threats of climate change, while simultaneously providing continuous growth for the global economy. The New Climate Economy proposes efforts to combat this ecological collapse that would result in $30 trillion in new annual economic growth by 2030. Stockholm Resilience Center agrees, giving a framework based on global ecological systems that calls for five critical tasks that can bring growth and stability: Renewable energy

Sustainable local food production

New development models, based on what has worked globally

Reduction of wealth inequity

Education, health, and gender equality The School for International Training can address these issues directly at the local level, benefitting the institution and community while setting new global models for

Sustainability in Education. In 2018, SIT hosted a student-led community garden, supported by the Lessenco Fund.

This project calls for long-term commitment to sustainability, including a look at institutional memory, an assessment of sustainability frameworks, and of the potential benefits of joining the sustainable campuses and educational ecovillages operating globally. Presented here is a 5-year plan for SIT to gradually increase sustainability praxis, start collaborating with local NGOs in land, time and knowledge, building green and grow into an experiential ecology center, hosting permaculture and design programs on sustainable, participatory and interconnected global campuses, climbing to leadership in SD while doing our part to bring about the radical shifts needed to mitigate the incipient climatic disasters and rampant instability predicted for the future.


Agricultural Education | Biodiversity | Biosecurity | Climate | Environmental Design | Environmental Education | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Studies | Food Security | Food Studies | Indigenous Education | Natural Resource Economics | Natural Resources and Conservation | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Outdoor Education | Paleobiology | Soil Science | Sustainability