Tyra Byers

Director, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Certificate
Office of Sustainability, University of Georgia
Adjunct Faculty


MS, Environmental Science and Management,University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley

More About

Tyra Byers has over 20 years of experience in sustainability in higher education with a focus on curriculum development, program implementation and experiential learning. She holds a dual role as director of the UGA Interdisciplinary Certificate Program and sustainability specialist in the UGA Office of Sustainability.

Areas of Expertise
  • sustainability pedagogy
  • sustainability science
  • community engagement
  • watershed planning
  • pollinator protection
  • food, water and energy systems
  • experiential learning
  • change management
Courses Taught

SUST 4200/6200 Sustainability Seminar

SUST 4500/6500 Sustainability Capstone

Research Interests
  • Sustainability pedagogy, literacy and competencies
  • Interdisciplinary education
  • Environmental justice
  • Community-based social marketing for sustainable behavior change
  • Equity and inclusion in the sustainability field
  • Sustainable solutions (climate, watersheds, food systems)
  • Sustainability and the arts
Selected Publications

Lee, Megan, Byers, Tyra, Powell, Alyssa, Student perceptions and interests in sustainability: Differences among student groups and impact on student sustainability program participation, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, May 16, 2023.

Bendle, Neil, Byers, Tyra, “ESG Reporting Beyond 2022: Understanding Upcoming Changes” 2022 Case Study, https://neilbendle.com/sustainable-marketing-strategy-cases/