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University of Oregon Considers Degrees in Sustainable Practices

The value of an environmental degree only seems to be increasing as time goes by, and more and more schools are rushing to get in on the trend. The state of Oregon is already well-known for its forest-friendly eco-conscious hot spots, and now it looks like the University of Oregon is coming on board: according to school newspaper The Daily Emerald, the demand for degrees and certificates in renewable energy is immense, and the school may soon be filling the request.

As sustainability efforts grow in nearly every business sector, energy conscious college graduates are expected to be in high demand. Lane Community College has joined the ranks of colleges meeting the demand with its two-year energy management degree that teaches students to perform energy audits.

While a number of classes at the University incorporate alternative and renewable energy in their curriculum, environmental studies undergraduate adviser Katie Lynch said there is no actual degree or certificate for students who focus on this area of study.

"Our majors in both environmental studies and environmental sciences have quite a bit of freedom to select courses that fit their interests and we do offer quite a few courses that discuss the theme of alternative energy," Lynch wrote in an e-mail.

However, University business professor Mike Russo hopes to put the University on the map with an official academic energy distinction for students to earn.

In addition to the prospect of an actual renewable energy degree, professors at University of Oregon also hope to integrate an emphasis on sustainable and green practices into many other relevant degrees ranging from political science to architecture.

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