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Research and Education

WCU Campus


A sustainable campus is one that focuses on stewardship of resources and pursues the ideal that the entire campus serves as an academic laboratory. As a public institution, Western Carolina University has a unique opportunity to address critical environmental issues, and to take action by advancing discussion and discoveries through integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum. Our graduates will have a profound impact on the global environment and they leave WCU engaged citizens, understanding the importance and shared responsibility of creating a sustainable future.


Sustainability and Curriculum



Current strategically integrated focus areas include:

- Creative arts including storytelling, natural crafts, nature-based sculpture, photography
- Teacher preparation, science education, special education, camps and field trips
- Health professions such as water quality, environmental health, wellness
- Technology and innovation (e.g. natural products, ecosystem services, sensors)
- Recreation and tourism (virtual tours, sustainable tourism)
- Geosciences and natural resources, including the Cullowhee Creek water quality project 

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Sustain! Campus as a Living Learning Lab

Living Laboratory




We are always looking for opportunities to leverage our unique environment and continually partner with students, faculty, staff and the community. We also actively provide diverse, customized student internships to further research and educational goals.

Partnerships and Internships: Inquire today

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