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Higher Ed in the News

Energy and sustainability-focused academic programs growing and popular

December 28, 2009

Nationwide, more than 100 majors, minors, or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges and universities, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Two factors are driving the surge in new college majors and minors in green studies:

  • Students want the courses
  • Employers want the trained students

The Obama administration has estimated that jobs in energy and environmental-related occupations will grow 52 percent from 2000 through 2016, vs. 14 percent for other occupations.

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