Community College: Degrees in Green Building

A design and architecture college in California brings a sustainable future to education.

| July/August 2003

  • New College students build a cob bench at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.
    Photo By Kendall Dunnigan

College: New College of California, Santa Rosa

Mission: Creation of a just, sacred, sustainable world through the implementation of vision, theory, and design in affordable, sustainable dwellings

Department: EcoDwelling Concentration of the Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community Program

Degrees: Accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Activism and Social Change; MBA in environmental entrepreneurship. Concentrations in Ecological Agriculture; Consciousness, Healing, and Ecology

Sample thesis projects: Design and construction of an earthbag and straw bale barn; teaching developmentally disabled children how to build cob ovens

Esteemed faculty: Architect, former Buddhist monk, and small-house advocate Steve Beck; ecological designer and builder Joseph F. Kennedy, co-editor of The Art of Natural Building (New Society Publishers, 2002) and director of Builders Without Borders

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