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Why is true sustainability so hard to achieve? Behind every environmentally friendly practice is a web of consequences, trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers — and this undergraduate minor administered by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) will help you develop a systems-level perspective of the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability to help you navigate them.

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a campuswide undergraduate minor that prepares students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and environmental advocacy groups. More historical details about the minor program.

To apply, please see “APPLY NOW FOR STEPS AND REQUIREMENTS,” below left.

The program is open to all students and majors. This minor requires 16-18 credits to be obtained by selecting from a specified list of courses (see below) in consultation with an advisor from iSEE.

To find out more about the minor and the enrollment process, email the advisors at You may also drop in during the office hours listed below.


Applications are now being accepted year-round. In order to apply, prospective students must complete an online application which includes a brief personal essay on how participation in the SEE Fellows Program will help you fulfill educational, personal, and/or professional goals.

Please click here to access the online application.


SEE Fellows Program Curriculum

Courses Hours
Introduction to Sustainability. Choose one from the following:
Tools for Sustainability (ENVS 301) — Open to students from all disciplines (click link for catalog; see below or courses page for fuller description) 3
Economic/Policy/Social Dimensions. Choose one of the following:
Environmental/Natural Systems. Choose one of the following:
Capstone Course (ENVS 492) (click link for catalog; see below or courses page for fuller description) 4
Total Hours 16-18

Featured Courses

ENVS 301: Tools for Sustainability will teach systems-level thinking skills to enable better understanding of the different dimensions of sustainability — and the problems and trade-offs involved in achieving that sustainability. Students will learn about metrics for measuring sustainability. They will also gain competence in tools such as cost-benefit and life-cycle analyses needed to compare the sustainability of different technologies and development options.

The course, team-taught by faculty in multiple departments and disciplines, will also emphasize communications skills, enabling students to articulate about the integrated dimensions of sustainability within an interdisciplinary setting. Teaching appointments were made possible through the Levenick iSEE Fellows Program.

The course will meet each Spring semester. Sophomores interested in enrolling in the minor are particularly encouraged to take ENVS 301.

For more information about registering for ENVS 301, contact the SEE Fellows Program at


ENVS 492: Sustainability, Energy and Environment Capstone allows students to apply sustainability assessment tools, such as life-cycle analysis, cost-benefit methods and impact analysis to real-world world problems related to sustainability of campus and/or the community to be developed in collaboration with campus, Facilities & Services, local sustainability planners, private firms and nonprofit organizations. Field site visits will be arranged during regular class time to visit local buildings, businesses, and civil and environmental infrastructure facilities. Course activities are a blend of case study discussion, problem identification, site visits, analysis and a team report at the end of the semester.

In Fall 2018, the capstone course was taught for the second year in a row by Levenick Teaching Fellows Jeffery Roesler, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ken Paige, Professor of Animal Biology. Their teaching appointments were made possible through the Levenick iSEE Fellows Program. Potential partners for capstone projects include Accenture, Ameren, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL), Carus Corp., Champaign Park District, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Champaign County Forest Preserve District, City of Urbana, and the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum.

In Fall 2017, external partners for the capstone course included Accenture, CERL, Chip Energy, Johnson Controls, and The Land Connection.


SEE FP Details, History

The purpose of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is to promote systems-level thinking about energy and sustainability and foster the development of an integrated view of the economy, society and the environment.

The SEE FP is being offered in partnership with six academic units — the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE), the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the School of Integrative Biology (SIB), the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES), the School of Earth, Society and Environment (SESE), and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) — which are also contributing teaching faculty.

This program was approved by the Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus at its Sept. 21, 2015, meeting, and enrolled its first cohort of students in late fall 2015.

For more details, please email