Study challenges in environmental, energy, and resource management from local water pollution to global climate change. Learn how to use economics to understand those challenges and to design effective policy and management solutions for them. Develop data science skills to analyze spatial data and quantify relationships between human well-being, policy, pollution, and resource quality.
Conduct independent research on a topic you choose; past examples include food waste policy and the costs and benefits of recycling. Complete a summer internship at places like the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or Argonne National Lab. Join the Students for Environmental Concern and help evaluate proposals for campus sustainability.
Go to graduate school in environmental economics, public policy, or law. Influence policy working in legislative offices and government agencies charged with environmental and transportation policy. Help conservation and environmental advocacy groups be more effective. Promote sustainability from within industries like resource production, agribusiness, and energy.