Sustainable Design and Development

The minor in Sustainable Design and Development has been discontinued, and is not available for enrollment. Students interested in this subject area should consider the minor in Sustainable Design and the Environment. The information provided below is for students who are finishing up the Sustainable Design and Development minor.


The minor in sustainable design and development is an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural and social sciences with technical course work in a variety of disciplines associated with environmental issues. Skills and knowledge learned through the minor will appeal to students in programs such as manufacturing engineering, electrical and computer engineering, plastics engineering, engineering technology, construction, graphics communication management, applied science, art-industrial design and packaging.

Interest in sustainability, or the meeting of current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, is growing in industry as manufacturers consider multiple uses for their product life cycles. This trend is driven primarily by European Union directives, and other industrialized countries are expected to soon follow the lead of the EU. As a result, manufacturers and other corporate enterprises are now beginning to make decisions based on a “triple bottom line,” which considers people, profit and planet — not just profit.


For more information, contact

Krista James, Minor Adviser
327 Jarvis Hall, Science Wing
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715-232-1557
E-Mail: jamesk@uwstout.edu