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Sustainability & Environment
Akeley-Lawrence Science Center
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Department of Sustainability & Environment

What kind of world do we want? How can we effect change to create that world?

These are the questions motivating our sustainability students, educators and scholars. As one of them, you'll be part of lessons, research and opportunities that challenge you to find answers.

At USD, our faculty draw from their expertise and ongoing research to help students think creatively about environmental and social challenges - and how to solve them. Our students learn firsthand to ask questions, diligently seek answers and communicate findings effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. Then, take action on campus, in the Vermillion community or along the Missouri River. Through hands-on coursework and engaging experiences, our department prepares students for careers in conservation, government, policy, education, business and more.

Join our community of problem-solvers, change-makers and leaders in the USD Department of Sustainability & Environment.


Meet the Department

Get to know faculty and staff in the Department of Sustainability & Environment. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in environmental, social and economic issues.
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Meghann Jarchow

Chair, Sustainability & Environment
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Joseph Kantenbacher

Assistant Professor


Futures Thinking, Sustainable Consumption
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Mark Sweeney

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Ranjeet John

Assistant Professor


remote sensing, ecology, rangeland/crop monitoring

Known For Excellence

At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.

Student Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to Sustainability & Environment students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in the Department of Sustainability & Environment.
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Chiesman Center for Democracy

The Chiesman Center for Democracy promotes and supports democratic principles and active civic engagement.

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Farber Center

At the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership, we prepare students for a lifetime of leadership as citizens of the community, state, nation and world.

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Government Research Bureau

The Government Research Bureau, established in 1939, has a distinguished history of conducting applied research on public policy and administrative issues affecting the State of South Dakota, local governments and American Indian Reservations and nonprofits. Technical expertise and modern and innovative analysis tools are used to assist state and local government officials in the areas of economic development and policy formation.

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Missouri River Institute

Located along the free-flowing Missouri National Recreational River, the Missouri River Institute explores the natural and cultural resources of the river through its focus on research, education and outreach.

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Nolop Institute for Medical Biology

Established in honor of Keith Nolop, M.D., a 1975 USD biology graduate, the Nolop Institute for Medical Biology enhances the experience of outstanding undergraduate students majoring in medical biology at USD.

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Be the Change

Join an exciting, rapidly growing field and prepare to make a difference in the world.


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Choose Your Path

Personalize your education at the only university in the region to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in sustainability.

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Celebrate Our Planet

Help coordinate events that make our campus and surrounding communities a better place.

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Study Abroad

Find inspiration and expand your perspective by taking your education abroad.


Study Abroad

Student Success story

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The small feel of the university paired with a small group of people in the sustainability program made my time at USD feel comfortable and meaningful. My graduate assistant (GA) position as the 'campus recycling coordinator' provided me professional development opportunities with real-world experience, leadership of a team, logistics and so much more.

Abigail Willis

M.S. Sustainability '20
Energy Auditor, Green Iowa Americorps
Dewitt, Iowa