ENVR E-101: Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management

This course surveys the scientific principles of sustainability and environmental management practices, with attention to system dynamics perspectives; sustainability—concerns, definitions, and indicators; quality of life—values and worldview; knowledge and models; ecological systems; human populations and behavior; energy fundamentals; agro-food systems; renewable resources; nonrenewable resources; and transitions to a sustainable economy. This course is an introduction to the very broad fields of sustainability and environmental management, and is fundamentally transdisciplinary. Foundational principles of sustainability are covered along with emerging topics of human health, air and water pollution, water resources, eco-system health, energy and climate change, social justice, biodiversity, and regulatory strategies for risk assessment and environmental management. A local field trip is planned on a weekend in the fall with alternatives provided for distance students.

Note: Writing-intensive course. Students can attend in person on campus, participate live online at the time the class meets via web conference, or watch the recorded video on demand. Videos are available within 24 hours of the lecture.

Prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry. 


Thomas P. Gloria







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