Watercolor illustration explaining the types of jobs BASSP graduates are landing: Public Agencies, Innovative Companies, Mission-Driven Organizations



Start your path towards a green job, where you could be...

  • Helping local companies save energy through behavioral changes and operational improvements
  • Monitoring elements in the environment for restoration, human health, or pollution levels
  • Restoring habitat in urban forests and natural areas for native fish and wildlife species
  • Assisting a business improve their environmental impact or
  • Increasing access to healthy, local foods for low-income households

Sustainability is a concept, a discipline, an ideal. It is the recognition that the prosperity of our planet, our people, and our economy are inextricably linked. By blending coursework in natural sciences, environmental studies, social sciences, management, and technology,

Cascadia College's Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices provides a pathway to careers in the green industry Graduates will learn the skills necessary to plan and implement sustainability approaches to how we live and work by managing complex projects for government agencies, private and non-profit organizations, environmental water, energy, and agriculture industries, construction management firms, and educational institutions.

There is no other degree like this in Washington state.  Come study at the #1 Sustainable grounds campus in the nation!  Cascadia College was rated #1 in the nation in 2020 for the third year running for our sustainable campus grounds by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education!

Application materials, requirements, and processes can be found on the admission information pageThe priority application window is open now:

General applications are still being accepted for the Fall 2021 cohort of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices program! 

You can also learn more about our Energy Technology and Sustainable Practices Associates degree to get started on the path towards sustainable work in your future!

Click this link for application requirements and materials, and to apply

Careers that keep the earth in balance

Our graduates have secured sustainability jobs at the following organizations: Recology, O'Brien360, Department of Ecology, Swedish Medical Center, Farmer Frog, Barn2Door, Artisan Electric, Carlsbad Parks and Recreation, Green Kirkland Partnership, Friends of North Creek Forest, Alderwood Water and Wastewater District, and many others!

Some graduates are pursuing graduate education, for Master's Degrees in Sustainability, Third World Development Practice, and Environmental Education!
Cascadia's Sustainable Practices degree program will prepare you for a variety of green careers that are in high demand throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond, with an environmental studies and sustainability focused education!

Our program is set up to accommodate students with busy lives, jobs, and families.
You'll only need to come to campus 2-3 times per week between the hours of 3:30-7:50 p.m.
And you can choose between full-time and part-time tracks to match your lifestyle.
Read our Alumni interviews and student internship stories!

BASSP students graduating
 Read our Foundation's report on a BASSP graduate: Atlas Turner!


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Endorsed by Industry

Dozens of organizations - including Waste Management, Recology, Washington State Department of Ecology, King County Wastewater, Puget Sound Energy, City of Bellevue, O'Brien360 (formerly O'Brien and Company), and McKinstry - have invested time to help shape Cascadia's Sustainable Practices degrees to meet their actual employment needs.



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Taught by exceptional faculty

The Bachelor in Applied Science in Sustainable Practices expands upon Cascadia's longstanding commitment to sustainability as both a cultural value and an academic discipline. Cascadia College is recognized as a leader in sustainability education and its instructors are widely regarded as specialists in their respective fields.


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On our green campus

Cascadia's campus and facilities deliver an abundance of opportunities for hands-on learning. Students do real sustainability work as part of the program including internships, capstone projects, and creating sustainability plans for local businesses. 

Plus, students test stormwater in our wetland and science labs, analyze our power use and energy control systems tied to the solar panel installations and other features in our LEED platinum building, study ecosystems and practice conservation techniques in our 58-acre wetlands, do statistical modeling in our computer labs, utilize our weather station, contribute to our campus recycling and vermicomposting programs, and get their hands dirty in our Campus Farm. 
Students have done research on campus use, built gardens and rain gardens on campus, and gotten involved with building planning and energy management for our own activities!
In addition, Cascadia students have full access to the University of Washington library system, one of the most comprehensive library resources in the world.

Visit the library archive website for photos of Cascadia's Campus

Visit Our Green Campus website to learn about our Green Campus!



The BAS in Sustainable Practices is offered as a full-time or part-time 90-credit degree program. These aren't just lecture courses. We'll get you out of the classroom and into the community and meeting industry and visiting sites. In addition to ongoing water quality, pollinator, and climate change projects and research on campus, most classes include site visits throughout the region to locations such as recycling sorting facilities, water treatment plants, city restoration sites, and to Olympia to meet with legislators. 

Email bas@cascadia.edu for any questions about the Program!

Learn more about requirements on the admission requirements website!

If you don't feel that you meet the requirements, please contact our advisor, or see our Associates in Environmental Technology and Sustainable practices program!  This 2 year program leads directly into the Bachelor's in Sustainable Practices!

Core Curriculum (example)

Year 1 (Junior year)

  • Intro to Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 301) 
  • Biodiversity
    (BIOL 320)
  • Environmental Chem, Pollution & Waste Management 
    (ENVS 370)
  • Earth Systems & Global Climate Change 
    (GEOL 360)
  • Social Perspectives on Sustainable Practices 
    (SUPR 325)
  • Economics of Natural Resources
    (ECON 460)
  • Statistics for Research in Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 310)
  • Work-Based Learning
    (SUPR 397/497)

Year 2 (Senior year)

  • Management of Global Natural Resources
    (GEOG 440) 
  • Careers in Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 290)
  • State Government & Public Policy
    (POLS 306)
  • Environmental Politics & Public Policy Analysis
    (POLS 445)
  • Sustainable Business Practices
    (BUS 480)
  • Environmental Ethics and Sustainability
    (PHIL 243)
  • Research Design & Methods in Sustainable Practices
    (SUPR 410)
  • Sustainable Practices Capstone
    (SUPR 490)


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