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Hood College Launches Degree in Sustainability Studies

Hood College

September 22, 2020


Hood College is launching a new Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies, and the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority has granted $1 million to fund an endowed chair in the new program.

The Aramark/Maryland Endowed Chair in Sustainability Studies will be responsible for program development, student recruitment, and developing ties to the local and regional community. This faculty member will also initiate research and educational collaborations with appropriate companies, governmental agencies and other academic institutions in the areas of watershed sustainability, biofuel development and sustainable food systems.

“We are excited to use this award to establish the Aramark/Maryland Endowed Chair in Sustainability Studies,” said Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine. “A new faculty member in this position will allow us to fully launch our new sustainability studies major and expand and strengthen our community partnerships to help build a healthier and more sustainable Maryland.”

A degree in sustainability studies will prepare students for personal and professional achievement in STEM-related fields and for productive participation in society. This is the only undergraduate program in sustainability studies in Maryland, and it will emphasize three interrelated areas that form a framework for studying the complexities of sustainable societies: water, energy and food. This program will be supported by the College’s experiential anchors, including the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (water), biofuels research (energy) and the Frederick Food Security Network (food).