Capitalize on your own creativity, intellect, passion and grit to change the world for the better. Be part of the solution for the future.  Start today.

This unique partnership with permacitylife and other stakeholders gives students and faculty opportunities to engage in the design and implementation of projects that support higher quality of life, a vibrant local economy and true community resilience.


Students have contributed to the city's masterplan, developed company logos and signage for the bike trail system, developed an access database for the art gallery and conducted a parking inventory for redevelopment planning.  Year-long classes, individual assignments, internships and senior capstone projects where students practice using the skills they need in their careers.  

Sound like fun?  Ready for more? Be one of the first to sign up for Colby-Sawyer's 3-YEAR degree in Community-Based Sustainability*.  A real-life, hands-on curriculum for change makers. 

Colby-Sawyer has created a major that takes a whole systems approach to sustainability.  It is grounded in practical skill-building that gives you work experience while you learn.  Participate in our unique January and May intensives that take you out of the classroom into the businesses and community organizations that are doing the real work of energy-independence, local food production and zero-waste.  What does it take to design a city that is accessible to all ages and income levels, where residents have all they need to live, work and play? A city that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs?  Come help us find out.

Check out our proposed curriculum

Sustainability is a lens.  Sustainability is a way of life.

The world needs writers, educators, graphic designers, business people, historians, artists, scientists and philosophers who can view their work through the lens of sustainability.  It needs innovative individuals in the fields of public health, recreation and agriculture that have the needs of both current and future generations in mind.  

The world needs you.

Interested?  Contact Jennifer White,

*This new major is awaiting final a final vote from the college Board of Trustees in February 2016.  If approved our first cohort will enter in fall 2016.