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Published on September 16th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor


Online Green Degrees Exposed

The Benefits of Online Sustainability Degrees

Sustainability degree programs lend themselves well to the world of online education for many reasons:

  • Online institutions have the ability to connect an array of students from various backgrounds and locations throughout the world. This diversity can particularly benefit students within a sustainability program because they can collaboratively learn about environmental issues pertaining to the many places represented in the class. In order for any truly significant change to occur a sustainable lifestyle must be agreed upon across the world.
  • In general, online degree programs pose less of a financial encumbrance than traditional degree programs do. In this way, online learning can be a great option for individuals interested in a gaining an accelerated degree without suffering a significant cost.
  • At a very basic level, online degrees in general are a more environmentally conscious endeavor than traditional universities can be. While many brick and mortar higher learning institutions are dedicated to sustainable living, there is no doubt that college campuses and classrooms can be wasteful. Attaining a degree completely through the web means that less paper is wasted, less energy is used to cool and light a classroom, fewer books are printed out and then returned, and fewer cars are driven to campus.
  • Also, because the body of knowledge on sustainability and environmental practices is constantly changing and evolving, the speed of an online degree is essential. A student who enters a sustainability program at a traditional college and spends 4 to 5 years achieving their degree may enter the working world with the information they attained already outdated or obsolete. Online programs are commonly completed more quickly and, therefore, the information attained is more current to today’s environmental issues.

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