USF launches the nation's first School of Global Sustainability, holding inaugural conference next week (2/11-12)

The University of South Florida's School of Global Sustainability is set to be the first-of-its-kind in the nation, educating students with their world-class staff of environmental researchers and preparing them for the 2.5 million "green collar" careers that are estimated for the coming years.

USF President Judy Genshaft stated:

"The University of South Florida is committed to creating a 21st Century which is healthy, sustainable and prosperous for both Florida and for communities far beyond our borders. This school is a major step in that direction. The School of Global Sustainability will leverage USF's existing strengths to build new opportunities for our students and faculty. We are dedicated to preparing our students to face the challenges of the world we know now and of the world that will exist in their lifetime."

Students will be eligible for enrollment this summer, the program's first degree being a master's degree in global sustainability that will "initially focus on water with other concentrations being developed in such themes as food security and health, natural environments, gender, ethnicity and class, global citizenry, climate change, coastal wetlands, the history of sustainable communities and mega cities".