The Swette Center supports educational opportunities, ranging from undergraduate to executive level, from ASU campus sites to online, from full degrees to one-off workshops. Core educational opportunities are embedded in the ASU School of Sustainability but are often undertaken in collaboration with other ASU schools, such as the Morrison School of Agribusiness and the College of Health Solutions. Across all educational offerings, the goals are to enhance knowledge of current food systems and provide the tools and bold vision necessary to engage in work that supports vibrant and sustainable food systems.
Certificate in Food System Sustainability
ASU undergraduates from any major may enroll in this 15-credit certificate program, which brings together courses on food from the social sciences, humanities, life sciences and applied sciences, and provides an opportunity for students to study food from a sustainability perspective.
BS in Sustainable Food Systems
Gain a strong foundation in sustainability and sustainable food systems with the B.S. in sustainable food systems. Using a holistic systems approach, this degree helps you discover the complex connections between food, policy, economic opportunity, natural resources and social equity. This degree is currently available on the Tempe campus, Polytechnic campus, Downtown Phoenix campus, and through ASUOnline.
Students interested in hands-on, real-world food projects can search for opportunities on Sustainability Connect, a project and internship database with a variety of community sustainability projects. Alternatively, if you have a food project that would benefit from student assistance, you can submit the project via Sustainability Connect.
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Certificate in Food Policy and Sustainability Leadership
Led by Swette Center Executive Director Kathleen Merrigan, this 15-credit certificate program is built for rising stars from business, nonprofit, academia, and government, modeling the community necessary for food system transformation. Designed for working professionals, most certificate work will take place online to accommodate work schedules and participants’ various geographies. Equipped with sophisticated knowledge of how to advance food and agriculture policy in the public interest, program graduates will pioneer innovative solutions on which the health of our families and the planet depend.
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MS in Sustainable Food Systems
The MS in sustainable food systems is a research-oriented degree program in which students develop an understanding of present-day health, agriculture and environmental policy; develop strategies to lead policy discussions; interact with a network of food and agriculture policy leaders and mentors; and apply their knowledge and skills to address problems related to food and food systems.
Sustainability Teachers’ Academy
ASU has programs that target K-12 sustainability education. The Sustainability Teachers’ Academy, based in the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, is a professional development program for K-12 teachers from across the nation that focuses on hands-on curriculum. Billions of youth eat hundreds of meals in K-12 schools and develop norms and habits that guide their food decisions for the rest of their lives. The Teachers’ Academy focuses on food systems sustainability in programming, materials, field-trips, and resources. The curriculum is based on the dynamic nature of food systems, the food decisions people are faced with when they have limited time and resources, food labeling, and the story of people that work in each phase of the food system.