The last decade has seen an explosion of interest in everything sustainable as an effort is made to care responsibly for earth’s resources. One fascinating area of the sustainability movement touching higher education is that of sustainable agriculture and food production.
We consulted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Education Directory to find out which schools have gotten serious about sustainability in this area. To make our initial pool of candidates offering a bachelor’s degree, a college had to feature some aspect of sustainable agriculture or food production either in the name of the major itself or in the name of the specialization/concentration of the major. Our initial pool of 54 U.S. colleges was narrowed down to the 20 most affordable based on net price for full-time beginning students given by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator.
UNIVERSITY HAWAII-WEST OAHU – KAPOLEI, HI
Net price: $7,820
The U of H at West Oahu has taken an interesting approach to sustainability by emphasizing community food systems. Learning is intentionally hands-on and practical, encouraging students to advance in their understanding of what is environmentally responsible by solving problems. Healthy salaries are projected in careers such as ranch management, soil scientist, and environmental engineer, for an inexpensive initial investment of less than $8,000 net price per academic year.