Academic Sustainability
Programs Office

In The News

Want to do something about climate change? Mac has a course for that.

Actually, five courses. The Sustainable Future program is open to all McMaster undergraduates enrolled in any faculty.  Students learn about sustainability, work with community champions, and help to implement real-world solutions.

ART 3DP3 – Designing Paradise

This new interdisciplinary course integrates art, culture, ecology, history, environmentalism and decolonizing

perspectives to reimagine west campus as a model of sustainability.

Making Small Sustainable Changes

If people around the world engage in small changes in their everyday life to live more sustainably, we could collectively make a large impact.

- Zainab Hussain, SUSTAIN 2S03 2018

A Unique University Experience

I can say that completing this lifestyle project gave me one of the purest forms of education through experience that I've ever had in university and I will look back fondly as I continue learning more.

- Tanzim Hoque, SUSTAIN 2S03 2017

Photo Credit: Reta Meng

The mission of McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office is to inspire in all students a desire for continued learning and inquiry through experiential education.

To realize our mission, we strive to provide all McMaster students with the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary, student-led, community-based, and experiential learning focused on sustainability. Key to achieving these objectives is developing and fostering strong community connections, both within the University and the broader city of Hamilton. Additionally, supporting students to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in their learning is instrumental to their success as lifelong learners. To achieve our objectives, the Academic Sustainability Programs Office offers the following programs listed below.


A suite of four undergraduate courses focused on sustainability. SUSTAIN courses are open to all students, independent of their home Faculty.



The Sustainability Internship Program

An opportunity for undergraduate students to develop and implement a real-world sustainability project and receive course credit from their home Faculty upon successful completion.


Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability

An opportunity for students to choose from a list of sustainability courses from Faculties across campus and tailor a minor to complement their undergraduate degree and education .


Grad/Undergrad Collaboration in Experiential Learning

An opportunity for graduate students to work in collaboration with undergraduates to develop and implement a real-world sustainability project and receive academic recognition upon successful completion.

Community Engagement

An opportunity for enrolled students to work with members of the McMaster and/or broader community to tackle a real work sustainability project.