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Welcome to the Sustainability Studies Program!

The Earth is what we all have in common.Wendell Berry

I am guessing you are on this page because you are sustainability literate or want to develop a new direction that moves you away from sustainable illiteracy. Our Sustainability graduate studies program draws upon a multi disciplinary conceptualization and is the cornerstone of Akamai University’s mission statement. Our Sustainability studies degree program reflects a vital map of our global community working together towards the future survival of all living species that represent planet Earth and actively include Earth as a living organism. Think about the horrific fact that a child dies every eight seconds from waterborne disease. Worldwide, dirty water is the number one cause of death. Dirty water deaths are more prevalent than HIV/AIDS, accidents and war totaled together (Caldicott, Helen. Loving this Planet. 2012).

Ask yourself, what is your Sustainability IQ? What does Sustainability mean to you in your life and your community? Is Sustainability a cause and a powerful expression of healing and saving the planet for you? .

Here is a little carbon footprint and toe print first quiz for you. Which is more carbon emissions intensive: a) a 500 ml bottle of water or b) a pair of pants or c) a person? According to Mike Berners-Lee (2011) in his book “How Bad are Bananas?” he quotes the following scientific research facts he discovered regarding CO2 emissions as follows:

a) Bottled water is more than 1,000 times more carbon intensive than tap water. Bottled water emits 110 grams carbon dioxide emissions(CO2e) if locally sourced with local distribution, 110 g CO2e average and 215 g CO2e traveling 600 miles by road.

(b) Often naturally labeled materials sound greener, but special production of natural materials and human wear/tear/ washing/drying may illustrate a different carbon footprint story. Which has more carbon dioxide emissions associated with its manufacturing process and upkeep: 3kg CO2e of Berners-Lee favorite old nylon traveling pants or 6 kg CO2e of his cotton jeans?

(c) The ‘one person’ figures represent a direct and an adjusted footprint for one year of living activities for a person within their respective countries. The adjusted number includes imports, international travel and shipping. Here are the CO2e figures: 0.1 ton CO2e per year average for a Malawian, 3.3 tons CO2e per year average for one Chinese person, 7 tons CO2e per year world average, 15 tons CO2e per year average per U.K inhabitant, 28 tons CO2e per year average for a North American, 30 tons CO2e per year average for an Australian. Note, as North Americans, we exceed the carbon dioxide emissions by four times the world average for one person.

Our Sustainability graduate studies degree program enjoys pioneering scholarly pursuits and is quite divergent in nature. Whether you are interested in the essence and intersections of human life, bio effects, public health concerns, energy issues, corporate growth, global environmental matters, water resources, poverty, international relations, psychological impacts of sustainability in the future, ecological change or any other related field, perhaps this is your new academic home. If we are fortunate enough to have you as part of our sustainability graduate studies program, then welcome as we begin the global betterment process here at Akamai - one student at a time.


Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman MS, PhD.
Program Director

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Program Vision Statement
The Sustainability Studies program recognizes the evolving focus of the sustainability field and the vast number of meanings associated with what defines sustainable. Our approach here at Akamai University is an open one that embraces studies which bring about change and global betterment.

Program Audience
The Sustainability Studies program at Akamai University is directed towards any potential applicant who has completed an undergraduate university degree. The applicant must illustrate an interest in sustaining the planet and making our world a better place to live. All applicants with an innovative sustainable idea, applied or non-applied sustainable project, master thesis proposal of a sustainability study or doctoral level research may apply. All applicants will be uniquely and individually evaluated based upon the merit of their proposed work, past academic history, and applicant suitability to the sustainability studies program. Pioneering studies, as well as, studies that follow peer reviewed standards are welcomed. Once an applicant is accepted, the applicant is assigned to either Sustainability Study track one (1) or two (2) and their study concentrations.

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Program Faculty

Sandra Kolbl-Holman, Ph.D.
Program Director

Medani Prasad Bhandari, Ph.D.
Deputy Director

Jim Morningstar, Ph.D.
Applied Psychology and Human Services

Daniel L. Huber, Ph.D.
Spiritual Psychology

Stefan J. Kasian, Ph.D.
Applied Psychology, Human Sexuality

Premkumar Rajagopal, Ph.D.
Business and Economic Development

Harvey Menden, Ph.D.
Organizational Behavior

Seamus Phan, Ph.D.
Community and Economic Development

Mirjana Radovic, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurship for Women

Daniel Joseph O'Shea, JD
International Business Law

Niranjan Ray, Ph.D.
Information Technology, eCommerce

Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Environmental Studies

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Applied Ecopsychology

Pam Twee, Ph.D.
Literacy, Educational Leadership

James Wear, Ph.D.
Public Health Administration

Arif Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Disease Prevention

Henry Zeidan, Ph.D.
Disease Prevention

Mary Jo Bulbrook, EdD,
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Energy Medicine

James L. Oschman, Ph.D.
Energy Medicine

Nick Arrizza, MD
Community Health and Wellness

Lisa Mertz, Ph.D.
Community Health and Wellness

Corina Guethlin, Ph.D.
Community Health and Wellness

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Program Recognition

American Council of United Nations University
Institute for Global Education
World Peace Society
Regency of Lomar
International Vocational Education and Training Association
The Institute of Management Specialists
International States Parliament for Safety and Peace

American Council
of United Nations University

American Council of United Nations University (AC/UNU)provides an international capacity for early warning and analysis of global long-range issues, opportunities, and strategies. AC/UNU initiated the Millennium Project in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, The Futures Group International, and the United Nations University. The project is not a one-time study of the future, but provides an on going capacity as a geographically and institutionally dispersed think tank. Akamai University was granted institutional affiliation with the AC/UNU Maui headquarters on 2 January 2003. ACUNA Website

Institute for Global Education The Institute for Global Education is a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Its goal is to educate those who desire to participate in a world where peace is a way of life. Educating and Counseling With Nature: The Institute of Global Education Department of Integrated Ecology conducts Project NatureConnect with online programs in Applied Ecopsychology and Integrated Ecology. Institute Website

World Peace Society
World Peace Society is a dynamic miltinational institution dedicated to advancing world peace by non-violent means. Akamai University was offered affiliation with the Places of Peace Program and World Peace School on 3 May 2004. Please be encouraged to make contact with this essential group. World Peace Website

Regency of Lomar
The Regency of Lomar (ROL), founded in 1997, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) providing medical and humanitarian aid, educational assistance, and documentation aid to refugees and other unrepresented and deprived people. The organization also serves local and rural development, healthcare, sustainable economy, ecology and energy. ROL has a team of volunteer diplomats representing 85 nations, with established missions and registered offices in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Akamai University serves as exclusive distance learning institution for Regency of Lomar constituents worldwide. Affiliation established 11 February 2005. Regency of Lomar Website

International Vocational Education and Training Association [IVETA]
IVETA is a membership association and network of vocational skills training organizations, business and industrial firms, vocational educators and other individuals and groups interested or involved in vocational education and training worldwide. IVETA is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training wherever it exists and wherever it is needed. Akamai University was first admitted to membership on 4 March 2005. IVETA Website

The Institute of Management Specialists
The Institute of Management Specialists, a British professional awarding body, was founded in 1971 to advance the knowledge, skills and achievements of professional management specialists involved in modern management, computers, technology and systems. Institute of Management Specialists Webpage

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