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Track II: Sustainability, Policy, and Equity

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Example Track Paths

What do Sustainability, Policy and Equity track students take for classes? These are a few examples representing possible routes through this track based on students' interests. Many other paths are possible.

Sustainable Cities
Environmental Policy
Environmental Health Policy & Justice
Environmental Law, Policy & Justice
US Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Water Policy & Equity
Sustainability & Equity

Sustainable Cities

Ming has always been fascinated by cities and is a big environmentalist. He started attending ENVS Lunch and Learn seminars and the UEP Colloquium Series, realizing that the ENVS major and an Urban Studies minor would prepare him for a career in urban spatial analysis or urban planning. In the Spring he will start applying to entry-level jobs at consulting firms and contemplating grad school down the line.

Intro: UEP 93 Introduction to Urban Studies
Methods/Research: GIS 101 Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Electives:
EC 191-01 Urbanization in the Developing World
SOC 113 Urban Sociology
UEP233: Regional Planning: Tools and Techniques

Environmental Policy

Abebe came to Tufts planning to study international relations but along the way became interested in Environmental Policy as well. She took courses in Sociology, Political Science and Environmental Studies for her electives. Abebe has an internship set up after graduation at the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency.

Intro: ANTH 24 Introduction to Environmental Anthropology
Methods/Research: BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Electives:
PS 138-09 Political Economics of Developing Countries
SOC 94 People, Place and Environment
ENV 152 Seminar in Environmental Negotiations


Environmental Health Policy & Justice

An environmental health crisis in his hometown in Bulgaria drew Zdrakvo into focusing on environmental health issues. Through both of majors - Environmental Studies and Community Health – he will be able to study this particular intersection of humans and the environment and provide him with a solid foundation to pursue a graduate degree in in public health and policy.

Intro: CH 001 Introduction to Community Health
Methods/Research: CEE 154 Principles of Epidemiology
Electives:
ENV 195-1 Environment, History and Justice
CEE 173 Health Effects and Risk Assessment
CH 188-09 Health, Equity & Built Environment

Environmental Law, Policy & Justice

Caroline came to Tufts planning to be a lawyer but along the way became interested in the environment as well. After graduation, Caroline will apply to law schools and joint environmental law and policy masters programs.

Intro: ENV 195-2 Sustainability in Action
Methods/Research: PS 103 Political Science Research Methods
Electives:
ANTH 015/ENV015 Native Peoples and Indigenous Rights in South America
UEP 207/CEE207 Environmental Law
ENG 176 Earth Matters: American Literature and the Environment

US Environmental Protection Agency and Justice

Lucia started off wanting to study environmental studies without a specific focus. She decided to explore her interests by completing the required ENVS internship. She found an internship through the ENVS Weekly to work at the EPA helping write grant proposals for social scientists and scientists. Her experiences convinced her that despite the challenges the EPA faces over all, she wanted to go work for them after graduation. This summer Lucia has another internship set up at NOAA to gain more cross-agency experience before applying for jobs at the US EPA.

Intro: EC 030 Environmental Economics
Methods/Research: SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology
Electives:
EC 192 Resource and Environmental Economic Policy
SOC 135 Social Movements
CEE 137 Public Health

Air & Water Policy and Equity

Kalani's family in Hawaii was part of a legal settlement involving pesticide-contamination of their water supply by a major agro-business on their island. From this experience, Kalani came to be interested in the complexities of trans-boundary pollution — pesticides sprayed onto soil ending up contaminating water, also pesticides applied in one town that damaging the water source of her neighboring community. Kalani has been hired by a Hawaiian environmental organization not far from where she grew up to work on these issues for next year, but she is considering graduate school in environmental science or policy in the future.

Intro: CH 001 Introduction to Community Health
Methods/Research: CH 030 Community Health Methods
Electives:
CH 109 Community Action and Social Movements in Public Health
CEE 241 Biology, Water & Health
UEP 281 Toxic Chemicals & Human Ecology

Sustainability & Equity

Jeffrey took a course with Julian Agyeman and became drawn to the concept of “Just Sustainability” eventually selecting this as his area of focus. He has decided to stay an extra year at Tufts and do a combined Bachelor's/MA degree at the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning department.

Intro: ENV 195-2 Sustainability in Action
Methods/Research: PS 115 Public Opinion and Survey Research
Electives:
ENV 195-1 Environment, History and Justice
UEP 278 Environmental Justice, Security, and Sustainability
PS 195 Politics of Sustainable Communities