Institute for Sustainable Practice

Beginning in Genesis, God stresses the importance of being a good steward of His creation and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Lipscomb’s Institute for Sustainable Practice combines our Christian mission with the preparation of innovative, skilled and dynamic leaders who meet modern challenges with solutions that foster a healthy and prosperous life for our planet and its people.

About Us

Confronted with new pollution, rising gas prices, and extreme weather, we founded ISP in 2007. Since then, we’ve invited pioneering entrepreneurs, innovative scientists, creative engineers, visionary policy makers, and other sustainability leaders to share their proven insights, best practices, and research. Through their tutelage and our students’ passion in their diverse disciplines, Lipscomb faculty, students and alumni now add regenerative value to their communities and the world! Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about the institute and our programs.

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Photos of our current grad students on our recent Foundations of Sustainability Tour in Vermont.

Undergraduate Programs

To pursue a degree in Environmental and Sustainability Science, be ready to learn from all sides. Biology, law, communications, engineering—they’re all part of sustainable practices. You’ll also complete an independent study project that lets you practice the skills, imagination, and tenacity you’ll need to get down to business.


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New professor, Emily Stutzman Jones, and a student do fieldwork related to restoring native longleaf pines to the coastal southeast US.

Graduate Programs

Earn your stripes as a green leader with one of our four master’s degree and certificate programs. Each focuses on core principles for the sustainability of people, planet, and prosperity. Hands-on fieldwork, travel, and a capstone research project ensure you’re prepared for a future in which we all breathe a little easier.


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In 1984, Burlington, Vermont built the largest wood fired electric generating plant in the world. The plant's designer and manager is briefing our graduate students on its power output and the sustainable forestry that fuels it.