Environmental Studies


Make a difference in the world, the country and your own community.  A degree in Environmental Studies from the Sage Colleges gives you the knowledge and tools you need to make a difference.

Sage Involved:  Students and faculty from Sage travelled to New York City on September 21 to participate in the People’s Climate March.  The climate march attracted well over 300,000 people who voiced their opinion that climate change is an environmental issue that must be addressed now.  The march in New York City was part of a global event with people from around the world demonstrating their support.  The march was held in advance of a gathering of delegates at the United Nations who are in the process of developing an international agreement on how to address climate change.


Climate March in NYC on September 21, 2014 


"This is a generational moment. A moment when we decide our own path and our collective fate," Al Gore, Vice President of the U.S., 1993-2001. 

Take advantage of unique opportunities and programs including:

Acceptance into the Vermont Law School.

New York State Excelsior Fellowship

Sara Conklin

Sara Conklin, a graduate of the Environmental Studies program, has been selected for a prestigious New York Excelsior Fellowship.  Her fellowship is being served with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.

Sara works as an Environmental Analyst, conducting environmental reviews of state and federally funded projects that provide housing for seniors, handicapped and low-income families. Read more about Sara and the Sage College Excelsior Fellows >>


Our degree in Environmental Studies prepares you to help meet the challenges facing our country  with coursework that gives you background in both the science and policy of environmental problems. Issues explored throughout the program include climate change, energy alternatives, air and water quality, food security, and more. Many people increasingly see environmental problems as the most important and urgent of our day and seek to play a role in their resolution.

Knowledge through education is the first step.

On the Hudson

Students on the Hudson River

Choose your path to informed action at Sage!

Coursework in government, economics, biology, chemistry, law and policy helps you to understand, to advocate, and to suggest solutions to our growing environmental issues within a policy-based, multi-disciplinary context. A capstone internship or project in your final year of study ties together your knowledge and skills:

  • Intern at the state and federal courts, the New York State Legislature, state agencies, local government bodies, law firms, advocacy groups, and other political organizations, or
  • Conduct field research with a faculty member, or
  • Participate in our Climate Crisis Educational Center, dedicated to enhancing knowledge about the impact of global warming

Environmental StudiesOn the Hudson
Dr. Jenks birding and studying the flora.                    Students on the Hudson River.

Featured Student: Margaret Brenenstuhl

Maragaret BrenenstuhlInternship at Climate Crisis Center: Interning with Professor Leibo in the Sage Climate Crisis Center has allowed me to share what I learned in my studies regarding the environmental crisis with the entire campus community. I truly felt like I was making an impact at Russell Sage through our many outreach events that I organized during the semester. The experience showed me that advocating to people about climate change is something I want to do in my future".

Summer program at Eco Practicum: "This four week program I am going to be a part of in the Catskills, seems to be the definition of hands on learning. Not only am I going to be farming the land where I will be living, but meeting with different representatives in the environmental field." Each week is unique and involves workshops, classroom and farming time, and the chance to tour different facilities such as an industrial slaughterhouse and fracking site."

Study Abroad in Thailand: "During the month of July, I will be living with a family in a small village near Surin, Thailand called, Tha-Tum. This farming community is home to thirty elephants, who I will be learning how to ride, wash and feed. This experience is a great way to immerse myself in the Thai culture, learning how they dress, act and how to prepare their food."