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

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jessie Wachter ’03 suddenly found herself without a job for the first time in nearly two decades. She has used this break in her career to launch a small business. 

Karsen Buck and Seema Khatecharian

A pair of Pacific University students were struck by the need to post an inclusive mural on a wall in a Forest Grove city park. It took a while, but they succeeded.

Nicole George

Nicole George '16 is working to perpetuate and enhance the cultures of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people of southeast Alaska.