Students with interests related to sustainability or the environment have the opportunity to participate in research projects, field studies and scientific experimentation. Learn about faculty research interests on the profile pages for any of these JMU faculty who conduct scholarship that meets the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System’s definition of sustainability research. Information about select faculty accomplishments is available here.

Examples of learning opportunities that have involved facilities on campus are featured in the “studies” section for each of the sites on the campus environmental stewardship tour.  Each site on the tour also includes lists of courses and some of the students and faculty who have worked with each site previously.  Requests for sustainability-related tours and data can be made through the OESS.

The OESS provides support for students to present their environmental and sustainability scholarship at conferences.  And students can publish their scholarship in the JMU Undergraduate Research Journal. Highlights of student scholarship accomplishments include:

  • In 2015, an interdisciplinary team of four undergraduate students, Austin Underhill, Katie Kelly, Katie McCullar and Chris Graves, won a best poster at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2015 Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference & Expo for their poster, "Application of Bio-inspired Design to Minimize Material Diversity".
  • Catherine Bruns, M.A. Communication & Advocacy '17, won second place in the Competitive Communication Scholarship Paper, graduate category at the Florida Communication Association Annual Convention in October 2016.  Her research focused on how the film Promised Land can be used to spark conversation on sustainability and environmentalism.

The OESS includes contributions from students and faculty members in external reporting and other recognitions. Highlights can be submitted at any time to

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