Sustainability Studies

The sustainability studies major focuses on the relationship between human beings (both individually and collectively) and the natural world.Community Garden Project

In keeping with the liberal arts mission of the College, the sustainability studies program is committed to both interdisciplinary and experiential explorations of sustainable development and sustainability—the challenge of meeting needs of the present (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while ensuring a viable world for future generations.

The mission of the program is to prepare students for positions of leadership in sustainable development and studies, ‘through an informed and dynamic leadership model in sustainability and environmental citizenship. Increasingly, the issues of most pressing national and global need are found within the areas of sustainable development and sustainability. Issues of sustainable economic development (e.g. ecotourism, energy independence), maintenance of healthy communities (e.g. water quality, green space design), and environmental conservation (e.g. habitat connectivity) loom large and increasingly offer employment and graduate program opportunities to students.


The professional climate surrounding Davis & Elkins College offers sustainability studies students a wide range of possible internships. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all have main offices in Elkins. The Monongahela National Forest, the Fernow Experimental Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bowden Fish Hatchery are all nearby. Mead Westvaco's Wildlife and Ecosystem Research Forest is located nearby in Randolph County. In addition, The Nature Conservancy also maintains an office in Elkins.


D&E Brings More Solar Power Online on Campus

Rainy days don't stop a new solar panel installation from doing some work at D&E. The third installation to show up on campus helps offset the power needs on the campus.


Forum Discusses Species Conservation Model

With great species diversity comes great responsibility and in Randolph County they're teaching and developing something to make sure the environment stays that way.


D&E Offering Minor in GIS Study

A new minor that will benefit students in nearly every type of career, courses prepare students to apply the science of geographic information.


Students Combine Service with Learning

Students who traveled to Nicaragua for winter term study returned with a common sentiment. There are some things in life you have to experience - not just hear about - to truly understand.


Club Completes Third Solar Panel Installation

The solar panel installation project is a result of inspiration from the student sustainability club GreenWorks!.


D&E Leads WV with Sustainability Studies

Combine love of outdoor activities with academic work by studying environmental science.

Students Create Educational Micro-Farm

Helping create a micro-farm designed to encourage entrepreneurship and improve health and self-sufficiency.