Sustainable Systems Management Major
Advancing society's goals of sustainability in our global economy and for the environment
Gain the knowledge and skills to integrate the goals of economic growth and development in global markets with protecting public health and the environment.
Sustainable systems management (SSM) is a comprehensive systems approach to advancing solutions for processes and products, commercial and industrial businesses, buildings, and energy systems that promote sustainability.
Why study sustainable systems management?
Decisions in the private and public sectors are being made with greater consideration of their full range of economic, environmental, and social impacts. Greater global demand for energy, land, water, and other raw materials are forcing us to rethink how we use our resources for the greater good.
There are tremendous opportunities to address these needs by:
- Closing material loops
- Recovering resources
- Increasing energy efficiency
- Minimizing and mitigating environmental pollution
- Ensuring best management practices over entire supply chains
- Embracing renewable resources and renewable energy, sustainable technologies, materials, and products
Download the sustainable systems management major overview brochure (PDF)
Four areas of emphasis
You can specialize in one of the following four areas based on your interests in business and the environment or technology.
Building science and technology emphasis
Corporate sustainability systems emphasis
Energy systems emphasis
Sustainable products business management emphasis
Our graduates work for home builders and remodelers, design and consulting firms, businesses with sustainability goals, and more.
- Fall 2017 SSM student enrollment: 50
- 2016-17 SSM graduates: 6
Visit and apply
Sustainable systems management is offered by the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science (CFANS).
If you have questions, would like to meet faculty, or tour our labs, please fill out our contact form or contact our SSM major coordinators: