Educating for the Climate

CAP2.0 - Educating for the Climate

The impacts of the higher education system far reaching and vital to Eugene’s future. Each year thousands of students take part in learning about and performing research to mitigate the impacts of climate change at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. The impacts on emission reduction are difficult to quantify but are one of the greatest contributions to the community’s efforts to address emissions, equity, and adaptation. This section highlights some of the people and programs at these two institutions.

  1. Lane Community College
  2. University of Oregon

Sustainability Coordinator – Associate of Applied Science

The Sustainability Coordinator Associate of Applied Science Program is an interdisciplinary degree that provides career-technical training for emerging sustainability professionals, the first program of its kind in the nation. Unlike traditional, discipline-specific degrees, this degree draws its interconnected content from across the curriculum. Students build sustainability knowledge and professional skills through a diverse program of courses and internships.


Knowledge and skills include science and systems thinking including ecology, atmospheric science, and climate change; social and political science including health, environmental economics, and social movements; technical knowledge including recycling and green buildings; communication skills including writing, public speaking, and consensus-building; and administrative skills including data collection and report writing.



Energy Management – Associate of Applied Science (Online)
The Energy Management Associate of Applied Science program prepares students in the strategic evaluation of energy use for commercial facilities. Lane Community College was the first in the United States to offer a college degree in Energy Management. 



Water Conservation Technician – Associate of Applied Science (Online)

The Water Conservation Technician Associate of Applied Science program prepares students to evaluate water use patterns; develop, implement, market and maintain conservation programs; perform public outreach; recommend water efficiency techniques; integrate alternative water sources, and perform systems analysis to solve problems.