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.
How does this theme connect to GLI?
Examples of classes and experiences from past students.
- Global Leadership Seminar Classes (first year)
- Energy Conflict in a Changing Climate
- Environmental Policy and Politics
- Beyond the Classroom Experiences (third year)
- Capstone Team Projects (fourth year)
How does this theme connect beyond GLI?
Examples of opportunities within UM student groups, academic programs and Missoula organizations:
- Student groups
- Climate Action Coalition
- Society for Ecological Restoration
- Wildlife Society
- Majors, Minors, Certificates
- Environmental Studies
- Climate Change Studies
- Environmental Health
- Missoula Organizations
- Campus Lecture Series