Sustainability

Sustainable development is one of the most important discourses of the 21st century, as it affects social, political, and economic spheres. Join the debate and discover the Danish and European stakeholders strategizing the sustainability agenda.

Program Hightlights

  • Visit some of the world’s most progressive sustainability initiatives in Copenhagen, such as Risø National Laboratory for Renewable Energy, the NGO Energy Crossroads, and urban gardens
  • Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated study tours to Danish and Northern European destinations with cutting-edge sustainability strategies, from off-shore wind power to urban redevelopment
  • Create your own strategic plan for a sustainable future by drawing on your classroom experiences, field studies, and study tour visits

Student Profile

The program is right for you if you study environmental studies, public policy, general environmental affairs, and have a passion for sustainability and conservation.

During our study tour, one of our visits was to Norway’s Hardangervidda National Park. Hardangervidda demonstrates the nexus of ecology, economics, politics, and culture. Spending the week learning about Northern Europe’s sustainability initiatives placed me in the midst of what my generation is striving to protect, preserve, and strengthen: nature and knowledge of the natural environmental systems.”

– Colgan Powell, Smith College

Why Study Sustainability in Copenhagen?

  • 55% of all Copenhageners commute to work or study by bike. In total, Copenhageners bike 1.17 million kilometers (727,000 miles) a day
  • Copenhagen is working hard to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025, and independent from fossil fuels by 2050
  • The Danish Government is aiming to turn 50% of Danish electricity consumption into offshore wind power by 2030
  • The European Environment Agency is based in Copenhagen
  • Copenhagen’s district heating system uses waste heat from regional refuse incineration plants and combined heat from power plants to distribute heat through a city-wide pipe system. One incinerator provides electricity and heat to nearly 140,000 households!

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