Dr. Reding and studentsEnvironmental and sustainability studies

The interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability studies program is dynamic and evolving, comprising faculty from a range of specialties in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Established in 1972, Western Michigan University's is one of the oldest environmental studies programs in the nation.

The environmental and sustainability studies program is central to the University's mission to "advance responsible environmental stewardship." We promote and advance this fundamental tenet of sensible and ethical behavior and we invite you to join us in this ongoing and hopeful enterprise.

Sustainable brewing

Launched in 2015, the joint sustainable brewing program was developed at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University by the two schools working in close coordination with the industry. The program offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate or associate degree at KVCC, then transfer to a Bachelor of Science degree that marries industry art and science with WMU's national reputation in sustainability. The rigorous science curriculum, which addresses some of the industry's most pressing issues, has been developed with input from a panel of Michigan's top craft brewers and suppliers.

The goal of the Western Michigan University Bachelor of Science in sustainable brewing is to educate students to be intimately familiar with the technical features of brewing, to have an appreciation for the rich landscape of an industry that has been part of civilization for thousands of years and to comprehend and address the environmental challenges faced by the industry in the 21st century.

Required science and math courses complement a slate of brewing-focused courses in the Sustainable Brewing Certificate at KVCC, while additional courses in sustainability and other elective fields provide the breadth of knowledge sought in the industry.