Sustainable design is becoming an important part of the architecture curriculum and throughout the College of Design's course offerings. The School of Architecture's graduate sustainability track is one of the first in the US. "We talk about sustainability in various coursework throughout every program in the college because the design disciplines are responsible and have such an impact on the environment, Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) told Connor Shine writing for the MN Daily. Fisher went on to say that sustainability is "probably the single biggest area of student interest in the college," and said the college is pushing a holistic approach to sustainability.
Senior architecture student Brad Gelschus is also quoted in the article, telling Shine, "If we formulate a plan to reduce heating and cooling costs, then building can be an effective way to reduce a lot of our energy consumption."