College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars Program

The Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars Program is one of the two-year living-learning College Park Scholars programs for first- and second-year students. Students who are invited to Scholars choose to be in one of our thematic programs.

Global sustainability has become one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century, where technological, environmental, and economic forces must converge for a sustainable future. Professionals of all disciplines and cultures have combined forces to explore challenges and potential solutions to these interrelated processes. This ongoing exploration is the foundation of the Environment, Technology, and Economy program.

Students receive a lesson from a man in a hard hat and reflective vest.Students in hard hats and reflective vests

Environment, Technology, Economy welcomes academically talented students of all majors who are interested in investigating the multiple dimensions of global sustainability, particularly in relation to their own majors. Each semester, our faculty engages our community in the most up-to-date developments in global sustainability -- from the growth of the green business ventures, to technological advances in clean energy production, to human impacts on endangered species.

Students in our program will utilize the same analytical tools engineers, natural resource managers, entrepreneurs, and business executives employ in the professional world. Our weekly colloquia explore varied and rich topics like corporate social responsibility and movement toward renewable energy sources. ETE students enjoy out-of-the-classroom experiences as they visit sites around the region that are applying cutting edge technologies to solve environmental problems, including past trips to a wind farm, a coal-fired power plant, recycling centers, water treatment facilities, the Baltimore Aquarium, and the National Arboretum. Students also have attended environmental film festivals and hiked local parks. Additionally, we incorporate a variety of speakers each year. In 2010, a Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander discussed the out-of-the-box ways the BP oil spill was contained. As our campus is quickly moving to become one of the nation's greenest, we also work closely with the UMD's Office of Sustainability to see the sustainable initiatives here on our own campus.

In ETE, we strive to educate our students not just on sustainability, but also on how to be better students, university citizens, and professionals.  Students live together in Centreville Hall in the Cambridge Community, and student exploration will extend beyond the classroom through field trips, internships, on-campus events, and community service.

As the diversity of students’ past internships have shown, global sustainability has proven relevant in every professional field.  In the past, students have worked with architectural firms, radio stations, hospitals, offices of senators, government agencies, and non-profits. In the ETE program, students of all majors will be able to make real world connections to their experience and will be prepared for academic and professional success.

The ETE program is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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