As the world continues to face environmental and sustainability issues head-on, more college students are becoming interested in what they can do to be a part of the green future, and a large portion of these students are in New Jersey.
While these students follow sustainable practices on their own, like recycling, conserving energy and reducing their carbon footprint, they are also starting to incorporate these practices with what they learn from green classes that focus on science, technology and politics.
NJ Colleges Going Greener
It is projected that there will be over 4.2 million green jobs in the U.S. by the year 2028, so here are a few New Jersey colleges that are starting to prepare their students for a green future by offering going green classes:
- Bergen Community College – Partnered with local electricians to teach students how to install solar energy panels, and introduced classes for energy-efficient home construction and sustainable design.
- New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark – Recently created a “green careers” database with over 100 college majors related to green careers, such as sustainability science studies.
- Ramapo in Mahwah – Hoping to open a new sustainability center on campus and to get approval for new Masters degree in sustainability issues.
- Kean University in Union – Has new bachelor’s degree in sustainability.
- Montclair State University in Little Falls – Developing undergrad and grad classes in sustainability science.
Although New Jersey students are becoming more interested in green classes, so are students from around the world. Issues concerning the environment are something that everyone can relate to, so we hope that more colleges will be inspired to offer green classes.