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M.S. in Environmental Sustainability at LIU Post: A Cutting-Edge Degree for Green Careers


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU Post Matthew Russo

As an engineer for the Town of Oyster Bay, Matthew Russo, is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of new buildings, park facilities, road reconstruction and the Town's solid waste and recycling contracts.

In that capacity, his goal is to produce the best design at the lowest cost.

But in today's world, he notes, there is another consideration – using sustainable practices in construction whenever practical. "We need to balance the needs of society with protection of the environment," says Russo, a licensed professional engineer.

That kind of thinking led Russo to LIU Post's new Master of Science program in Environmental Sustainability. The only degree of its kind on Long Island, the 33-credit blended program – which combines online and in-person instruction– is designed to train professionals to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for society via multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework integrating the physical and social sciences.

Environmental sustainability is one of the nation's fastest-growing fields. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the rate of job growth for environmental scientists and specialists will increase by 28 percent – much faster than the average for all occupations – over the next decade.

The program also empowers public- and private-sector professionals like Russo to address issues posed by climate change, development, population growth and energy consumption.

"My goal is to be able to thoroughly communicate to government leaders, business and trade leaders, and residents both the advantages and need to adopt sustainable practices in order to preserve our society, environment and quality of life," said Russo, who is starting the program this September. "The coursework of this program supplements my engineering background so I can infuse sustainable practices."

The M.S. in Environmental Sustainability program centers on the Long Island/New York metropolitan region's diverse Earth systems and specific built infrastructures. Students learn to integrate natural and social principles and processes to improve regional and global quality of life.

Students can learn more about the program at a Graduate Open House on Tuesday, August 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. For more information on the M.S. in Environmental Sustainability at LIU Post, visit, call (516) 299-2318 or email

Posted 07/20/2012

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