Sustainability issues require crossing traditional disciplinary divides to balance the ecological, social and economic needs of the present without compromising the quality of life of future generations. It is critical that students graduating from the University of Georgia understand and are equipped to address sustainability in their personal, professional and civic lives.
A primary facet of the University’s mission is to serve a well-prepared student body by disseminating knowledge and inspiring their scholarship, while equipping them for future positions of responsibility and leadership. As a public research university, UGA promotes scholarship and research across a very broad range of disciplines and fields. In terms of sustainability, faculty and students are exploring a diversity of subjects from many perspectives, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
While teaching is perhaps the most visible of a flagship university’s missions, research is the lifeblood of the institution. Sustainability science is among the fastest-growing areas of inquiry at UGA. Creating new sources of energy, mitigating environmental impacts of human activity, enhancing agricultural practices, managing and mitigating climate change, and eliminating obesity are some of the areas for which UGA faculty are receiving grants, contracts, and national acclaim for their work.
UGA’s Office of Vice President for Research – Centers, Institutes & Initiatives – and other UGA Centers and Institutes focus research on sustainability-related topics, including the Georgia Climate & Society Initiative;Center for Integrative Conservation Research; Bioenergy Systems Research Institute (BSRI); Marine Institute at Sapelo Island; Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture; Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health,River Basin Center; and many others.