Environmental sciences includes knowledge from multiple disciplines such as physical, biological, and information sciences. The curriculum applies practical knowledge in these areas to the study of the environment, the interrelationship between regions of the earth, and sustainable local and global solutions. Longstanding and emerging environmental hazards contribute to the burden of death, disease, and disability – particularly in developing countries. This burden can be attributed to a few risk areas. Among these are unsafe water; poor sanitation and hygiene; indoor smoke; poor irrigation design that promotes malaria transmission by mosquitoes; inadequate housing; poor waste disposal; deforestation; mining abuses; and air pollution. Hence, public health and healthy living environments are interlinked. Understanding that linkage is essential for sustainable futures for all humankind, especially in the most at-risk populations.
The vast GLTC network, partnerships with scholars and practitioners, and learning activities promote team building and home-grown approaches to be implemented when the graduate returns home. Trainees are introduced to affordable, user-friendly water filtration point-of-delivery and are prepared to conduct installation projects in their home countries. Trainees deepen their understanding of local issues such as soil science, deforestation, hazardous and medical waste management, water and air quality, alternative energy sources, mining and natural resource management at home. In addition, lectures and tours of modern plants expose trainees to possible future options. As a result, trainees leave GLTC with greater sensitivity and knowledge with which to promote place-based applications of globally recognized solutions.