Applied Sustainability

Major, Minor

Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on designing solutions to environmental problems.

Students combine the fundamentals of ecology and permaculture with social sciences and humanities as they seek solutions to complex global challenges.

We emphasize hands-on learning. Students study and practice ecological design at permaculture sites near campus, including Pacific University’s own B Street Farm, a learning lab for food production and permaculture.

Headlines

Deke Gundersen, sustainability professor, was called as a witness in a Portland climate change case.

Ghost Net

For four weeks, visitors to the Kathrin Cawein Gallery on Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus can work alongside artist Emily Miller to create their own pieces made from plastic debris pulled from the ocean as well as from fishing rope and nets.

Ron Calkins at B Street farm

Mulberries, tomatoes, honey, rabbits and squash: Pacific University's B Street Farm is a food producer, a laboratory and a learning center.