The Catholic University of America

Sustainable Design

"Protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” – Pope Francis

Today, the field of sustainable design is rapidly evolving and growing. Designers and owners concurrently are starting to measure benefits in terms of their impact on human health and environment, as well as cost implications.

As one of the few  Sustainable Design Programs in the United States, and the only program in the Washington metropolitan area, the Sustainable Design Undergraduate and Graduate programs provide graduates knowledge and leadership skills required for a successful career in sustainable design. Created to fully immerse students in the theory and application of sustainable design, the sustainable design concentration covers a wide range of sustainable design principles such as greenhouse gas emissions and zero energy design, embodied energy and life cycle analysis, national and international green rating systems, ethical design, facility performance evaluation, sustainable operations and maintenance, and water conservation and management. In addition, as a deepening of our commitment to the building stewardship of the social, natural and built environments, the Sustatinability Design Program stresses the interdependence of sustainability and stewardship.