Profile: Sustainability Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Sustainability Studies master’s program is beginning its journey close to home by taking a look at the university’s sustainability practices on its Asheville campus. A Reese Institute Fellowship is providing students the opportunity to make change happen.

Lenoir-Rhyne shares a building with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce where this year’s Reese Institute Fellows, Lin Orndorf and Bekah Webb, will be focusing their sustainability efforts.
“I would like to see the university’s facility become a model for the region, especially for businesses and academic institutions,” Orndorf says. “I’d like to reduce the building’s energy footprint, and I believe it can be done without a major investment or retrofit.”

The Sustainability Studies graduate program is focused on four areas: sustainability, business, public policy and research, within a structure that is custom-tailored to each student’s needs, interest and schedule.

Through service learning, scholarship, fieldwork, travel opportunities and internships, students have the chance to positively impact their immediate community, while setting their sights on the larger conservation issues of the nation and beyond.


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