Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors and minors explore complex relationships between humans and the environment. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes hands-on learning through collaborative projects, practical-skills courses, undergraduate research, global learning, service- and community-based learning and internships. All of this prepares students for jobs in a variety of industries.
Guilford itself has a strong commitment to sustainability. The Guilford College Farm, an important source of local food for the campus, continues a 120-year history of farming at Guilford. Students can participate in the farm based on such individual interests as recycling and composting; planting, harvesting, packaging and distributing food; reducing hunger; and conducting water-quality research and ecosystem surveys.
Guilford is one of the few colleges in the country to hold a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Funds from this grant provide scholarships for study abroad and internship opportunities related to the environment. Scholars receiving support from this fund have studied in Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand and Bhutan.