Environmental Studies and Sustainability.


Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Drew University offers a nationally recognized, sustainability-oriented program of study in the  environmental sciences. Environmental sustainability emphasizes solutions, integrates science with economic and social justice—and is increasingly central to Drew University’s academic and community identity.

The major in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, supported by a generous grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, is unique for its emphasis on sustainability and solutions. The program is flexible so students can tailor the course of study to their own interests; or they can choose a more specialized option in environmental science or environmental sustainability.

Internships and research experiences prepare graduates for careers in environmental advocacy, education, consulting and science.

It really started me thinking about what kind of work I would like to do and what change I would like to see come out of it. It made me realize how important the work really is. ”
Matt Boudreaux C’13
on Peak Oil and Climate Change

Highlights of Studying ESS at Drew:

Environmental Justice and the Common Good

Drew offers courses, events, and research opportunities relevant to today’s efforts to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens and to ensure all people have safe food, water to drink, and air to breathe.  Drew’s environmental justice projects include GIS mapping of air pollution sources and demographic patterns in New Jersey; toxic chemical analysis for EJ communities; and community impacts of mountaintop removal mining, studied during an alternative spring break to Kentucky.  See Drew Today’s highlights of an environmental justice tour of the city of Newark, provided by the Ironbound Community Corporation.

Student Groups

Drew students are deeply engaged outside the classroom in a number of groups.


ESS majors are already getting to work and to grad school. Here is a sampling of where some of our recent graduates are up to:

• Research Assistant in Ecuador for Stony Brook University
• Sustainability Advocate at Clean Water Action
• Science Teacher, Teach for America