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Climate Change


Reduce – Reuse – Recycle

These slogans are familiar to all of us. The global community we have today is opening up some new challenges. Improvements in technology, and its widespread availability, have led to improved conditions for many people, worldwide. At the same time, those opportunities have begun to stretch resource usage to unsustainable limits. Where does the line get drawn?

Environmental Studies is an opportunity for all students -- a chance to plug into a program that is going to help you be a global partner in the key issues of the 21st century.

  • You might be working toward a degree in engineering. Have you ever wondered how you might improve that project to make a good design even better and more beneficial?

  • You might be a business major. How can your business knowledge play a role in evaluating the benefits of sustainable activities?

  • You might be an art major. How can you use your talents to make other more aware?

Or, you could be in any program on campus. Wherever you are, you've got a stake in the future, and you can take a leading role in those endeavors.

Of course, you might already be a concerned individual and just want to know more. This program could offer you just the background you need to be informed. So, break out of your cocoon, and take part in something that will be important to you and your community.

For more information contact:

Robert Marczynski
Assistant Director
Interdisciplinary Studies
218 Scates Hall
901-678-3516 /

Thank you to the organizers and participants in this year’s "Community Health, Environmental Justice and Clean Energy"

sponsored by Environmental Studies Program and the Memphis Chapter of the Sierra Club on November 1, 2014. 

The conference was made possible through a grant from the University Green fee.

Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University served as keynote. 

We are pleased to provide these links to the information Dr. Bullard shared in his remarks.

Information on health disparities and maps:

Dr. Robert Bullard's article, Why a U.S. "Southern Initiative" on Climate Justice is Needed on


Charts used by Dr. Bullard:


Click here to visit the conference Facebook page for more information.


Declare your minor (Click here)

Capstone Project Proposal (Click here)

U of M Library Environmental Studies References (including course syllabi)  (Click here)

Tennessee Energy Education Initiative Resources (Click here)

Princeton Review lists University of Memphis Among Top "Green" Colleges                                                

The Princeton Review has named the University of  Memphis as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks profiles the U of M in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton   Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.  
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it   conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to   measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability. The   institutional survey included questions about course offerings, campus   infrastructure, activities and career preparation. 

The U of M’s green initiatives include the Tiger   Bike Share Program, with a fleet of 55 bicycles for rent and more than 85   members. Recycling on campus has taking new strides by going single stream.   The University’s recycling program started in 2009 with a total of 150,000   pounds for the entire year. So far in 2014, that number is just 250,000   pounds shy of reaching a 1 million pound goal by June 30. The annual Tiger   Blue Goes Green Day spotlights the many eco-friendly initiatives developed by   the University and the surrounding community.

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