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The Global Change and Sustainability Center is an interdisciplinary hub catalyzing research on global change and sustainability.

VISION: Our vision is a collaborative interdisciplinary research community that generates and disseminates the knowledge required to address the urgent need for adaptation, mitigation, and resilience in response to current global change. Uniting faculty across departments, we advance innovative research through engagement and training. We incubate leaders, initiate and deepen faculty relationships, and expand and share knowledge. We facilitate new approaches to responsible management and viability of natural, social, and economic systems, working towards a future where humans and ecosystems thrive.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES: Created in 2009 by faculty as a program to serve students, faculty, and members of the academic community, the center is primarily oriented to faculty needs, contributions, and innovation. The mission, activities, and investments made by the GCSC are driven by the urgent need for new transdisciplinary solutions to complex sustainability challenges. Our culture of inclusivity and partnership welcomes a diversity of perspectives and approaches to research. Central to building relationships between differing perspectives is a sense of humility, openness, and respect. Supporting current research, connecting research to practice, and empowering the next generation of scholars with broadened perspectives are critical to our mission.