UAB Sustainability

UAB Sustainability understands that our future belongs to the present. We focus on sustainability and the triple bottom line theory to empower our leaders to make data-driven decisions. We partner across our institution to ensure the decisions we make now will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the UAB community for generations to come.

UAB has a special responsibility to act as a driver of sustainable solutions in our region and beyond. Our urban campus is a living laboratory, because of its:

  • more than 200 classroom, office, research, and hospital buildings,
  • space occupying more than 100 city blocks,
  • role as one of the top employers in the region,
  • role as the largest electricity user in the state, and
  • responsibility as the single-biggest contributor to Birmingham’s economy

Sustainability Courses at UAB

UAB’s expanding undergraduate sustainability curriculum engages academic disciplines and multidisciplinary programs to prepare our students to become environmentally and socially responsible global citizens. Each term UAB offers courses with content related to sustainability, 


ANTH 104 Introduction to Peace Studies (3 s.h.)

ANTH 200 Applied Anthropology

ANTH 360 Ecological Anthropology

ANTH 404 Human Rights, Peace, and Justice

ANTH 413 Peace & Environmental Sustainability

ANTH 437 Real World Remote Sensing Applications

ANTH 483 Intern in Peace, Justice and Environmental Study

ANTH 504 Foundations in Anthropology

ANTH 505 Anthropology of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

ANTH 513 Peace & Environmental Sustainability

ANTH 652 Sustainable Peace Seminar


BY 124 Introductory Biology II

BY 468 Ecological Genetics

BY 470 Ecology

BY 585 Northern Field Studies

MESC 208 Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles

MESC 230 The Ecology of Florida Everglades

MESC 302 Coastal Zone Management

MESC 303 Coastal Climatology

MESC 330 Marine Conservation Biology

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

          CE 236 Environmental Engineering

          CE 431 Energy Resources

          CE 537 Environmental Experimental Design and Field Sampling

          CE 537L Environmental Experimental Design and Field Sampling Lab

          CE 600 Sustainable Construction

          CE 608 Green Building Design

          CE 610 The Engineered Environment

          CE 631 Environmental Law

          CE 636 Stormwater Pollution Management

          CE 690 Special Topics in (Area)

Sustainable Smart Cities MS Program first year courses

          CESC 600 Principles of Sustainable Development

          CESC 602 Introduction to Sustainable Smart Cities

          CESC 604 Low-Carbon and Renewable Energy Systems for Smart Cities

          CESC 606 Managing Natural Resources and Sustainable Smart Cities

          CESC 608 Green Infrastructure and Transportation

          CESC 610 Health and Livability

          CESC 612 Green Buildings

          CESC 614 Smart Cities Technologies

          CESC 616 Big Data and Smart Cities

          CESC 618 Research Methods and Project Planning

          CESC 620 Sustainable Smart Cities Research Project


          GEO 491 Environmental Policy

Political Science and Public Administration

          PSC 103 Foundations of International Relations

          PSC 266 The United Nations

          PSC 316 Human Rights

          PSC 355 Politics of Development

          PSC 361 North/South International Relations

          PSC 386 Economics of Public Policy

          PSC 465 International Law


          ES 101 Physical Geology

          ES 102 Physical Geology Laboratory

Marketing, Industrial Distribution, and Economics

          EC 308 Economics of Environment

Honors College, Science and Technology Honors Program

          STH 199 Introduction to the Scientific Process

Environmental Health Sciences

          ENH 615 Environmental Justice and Ethics

          ENH 660 Fundamentals of Air and Water Pollution


          HY 439 American Environmental History


          SOC 431 Environmental Sociology

          SOC 470 Population Dynamics