B.S. in Community-Based Sustainability

THIS MAJOR IS welcoming its first cohort in the fall of 2016!

The B.S. in Community-Based Sustainability is a new and innovative academic program that draws on both interdisciplinary learning at the college and experiential learning in the nearby city of Franklin, New Hampshire. Through partnerships with various entities in the community, students engage in applied, real-­world sustainability projects.


  • Intensive courses in January and May in Franklin connect you directly with community stakeholders and afford you the opportunity to complete your degree in three years.

  • Elective courses within the major and individualized internship and capstone projects provide the means to customize the curriculum to reflect your own interests in sustainability. Students are invited to take a course from each of these focus areas: 

    • Economic Stability

    • Personal Wellbeing

    • Social Justice

    • Ecological Balance

    • Communication

  • All students majoring in Community Based Sustainability are also strongly encouraged to pursue a minor of their choice.


Be one of the first to sign up for
3-YEAR degree in Community-Based Sustainability.

A real-life, hands-on curriculum for change makers.


Sustainable Community Development

Fall Semester

In this introductory class students view sustainable community development through the lens of initiatives happening in Franklin and other communities. Insights from this local case study will be supplemented by interdisciplinary readings and research that address the various facets, contexts, purposes, benefits, and challenges of sustainable community development in our modern day and age.

Sustainability Research I & II


In this intensive hybrid course, students couple online sustainability research (including best practices, case studies, and careers) with onsite research in Franklin to support current real-world sustainability initiatives and needs. Students should plan to be back on campus one week before the spring semester starts in order to participate in the onsite research that concludes this course. 

Community-Based Sustainability Project I &II

May Intensive

In this intensive on-site course, students engage in applied, real-­world sustainability projects through partnerships with various entities in the nearby community of Franklin. Projects and partners vary from year-to-year based on current initiatives and needs in the community. Students in Community-Based Sustainability Project II, serve in leadership roles appropriate to the current project.