A highlight of the MA in Sustainability Program at Wake Forest are client-based projects in a required course, Applied Sustainability.


  • Deliver value to clients
  • Build student skills and creative confidence 
  • Expand professional networks
  • Provide an opportunity for focus and application

Applied Sustainability Client Projects aim to empower students with interdisciplinary experiences through a client-centered practicum. Students have the opportunity to engage with clients, work in multidisciplinary teams, and see first-hand the multifaceted experiences a career in sustainability demands and affords. The MA program faculty and staff view these projects as a critical component of experiential education in Wake Forest’s MA in Sustainability, helping students develop the skills employers seek.

The best projects are those where clients participate with a level of interaction that intends to meet the client’s goals while at the same time provides guidance to the student teams. This is often unique to each team. 


Jon Clift

Director of External Affairs

Professor of the Practice