It’s no longer particularly radical to promote sustainability, seeking to live within the means of the planet. But while sustainability is still an essential goal to strive for, it's no longer enough to hope that such adjustments will allow us to escape the impacts of the climate crisis. We're already experiencing those impacts, so now we need to begin the necessary work of creating communities that are resilient enough to adapt to current disruptions and evolve to meet the challenges ahead.
Beginning at Green Mountain College in 2015, and moving to Prescott College in 2019, the online M.S. in Resilient and Sustainable Communities is designed to prepare individuals for the important work at hand: evaluating, planning, and assessing our practices in order to ensure that our communities are meeting the challenges at hand, whether environmental, political, or social.
Rooted in our bioregional approach to distance education, this degree provides students with the skills to conduct in-depth interdisciplinary investigations into essential questions about how their own communities might evolve in an age of accelerated climate change. They study the places they live through a variety of lenses: natural history, climate change projections, energy production and distribution, food systems, and patterns of inequality in access to services and resources. They learn skills of group facilitation, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation and assessment.
We’re here to prepare people to make a difference in the world, one community at a time. If you know someone who might be interested, please help us connect with them!