A primary function of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers and professionals, higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to prepare students to understand and address sustainability challenges. Institutions that conduct courses relevant to sustainability issues help equip their students to lead society to a sustainable future.
Many academic programs and courses related to sustainability are offered on campus, but currently there is not one program dedicated exclusively to sustainability. In 2013, the Energy and Sustainability minor was launched as the first UH program to identify specifically with sustainability and also caters to students interested in a career in the energy sector.
The Energy and Sustainability minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to broad issues in energy and sustainability. The minor will educate students on the basics of energy sources, fossil fuels, and the future of energy. In addition to a common introductory and capstone course, the minor offers a blend of courses in technology, business, engineering, architecture, social science, and natural science.
Coursework will focus on topics such as existing, transitional, and alternative energy sources, as well as energy and sustainability from the perspectives of economics and business, engineering and technology, architecture and design, and public policy and education.