Resources and Sustainability

Sustainability lies at the intersection of limited natural resources and a vast set of human needs and desires. To satisfy these needs and desires, humans depend—directly and indirectly—on the natural environment, resulting in complex sustainability challenges. As populations grow and economies expand, demand for resources increases, sometimes at rates that may not be sustainable. Resolving these conflicts will require the perspectives of varied thinkers, from scientists to philosophers and economists to artists.

Global challenge examples:

how to provide power to growing populations; how to avoid, combat, or adapt to climate change; how to balance growing the economy with going green; how to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity; how can businesses strategically approach sustainable practices; and how to address water shortages.

See how some challenges are addressed: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Affordable and Clean Energy, Local Governments for Sustainability 

How does this theme connect to GLI?

Examples of classes and experiences from past students.

How does this theme connect beyond GLI?

Examples of opportunities within UM student groups, academic programs and Missoula organizations: