Environmental studies is a multidisciplinary academic field which systematically studies human interaction with the environment in the interests of solving complex problems. Environmental studies brings together the principles of the physical sciences, commerce/economics and social sciences so as to solve contemporary environmental problems. It is a broad field of study that includes the natural environment, the built environment, and the sets of relationships between them. The field encompasses study in basic principles of , as well as associated subjects such as [environmental ethics|ethics]], geography, anthropology, policy, politics, urban planning, law, economics, philosophy, sociology and social justice, planning, pollution control and natural resource management. There are also many degree programs in Environmental Studies including a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree.
To help resolve some of the environmental issues, policy makers, scientists, and government planners are looking for the most efficient ways to use our natural resources with the least negative impact possible. Environmental management strives to oversee man’s impact on the environment through several management techniques. Management techniques include the development of new technologies, environmental policies, and sustainability measures.
Environmental management is where the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies truly shines, because you must consider the scientific, economic, and social aspects of the area to be managed. Environmental managers identify the potential impact an area is facing, the goal of the management plan, and methods to achieve their goal.
Sustainability is an environmental management practice that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Sustainability addresses ways that we can use natural resources now without compromising the economic and social development of future generations. In other words, how should we behave now to ensure that our grandchildren have the clean water, air, and basic resources that they will need?