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A survey of theory and applications of DNA technologies to the study of evolutionary, ecological and behavioral processes in natural populations. Topics to be covered will span a variety of hierarchical levels, timescales, and taxonomic groups, and will include the evolution of genes, genomes and...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
How can one optimize the benefits of environmental or social sustainability while generating a higher return on investment in buildings? Where are the opportunities for real estate initiatives that are highly functional, healthy, aesthetically pleasing and financially rewarding? The challenge to...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Energy, Social Sciences
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Description: The Physical Sciences hold the key to solving unprecedented problems at the intersection of science, technology, and an array of rapidly emerging global scale challenges. The course emphasizes a molecular scale understanding of energy and entropy; free energy in equilibria, acid/base...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Confronting the reality of environmental degradation requires more than remote sensing, statistical analysis or institutional restructuring. As images of the changing planet become emblematic of our time, designers are responding with a scrutiny towards amplified scales and extreme events. This has...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
The future is not what it used to be. Nowhere is this more evident than in the natural world, where climate change and fading biodiversity, energy anxieties and environmental disasters have undermined the bedrock of history: the assumption of a stable continuity between past, present, and future....
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The history of energy is the history of modern political economy. The history of energy is the history of a scientific concept and its technological application. The history of energy is the history of climate change and environmental catastrophe. The history of energy is the history of life, the...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Focuses on the effect of the environment in film. Reads films grouped according to environmental themes (humans, nature and animals, water, consumption, pollution, climate change) side by side with critical articles. Pays special attention to the relation between space, place and the planet,...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Our understanding of Earth has changed radically in the last two centuries: after many years of debate, many major questions have come to be seen as largely answered. It is now accepted that the planet formed over 4.5 billion years ago; that the Earth’s surface is made of rigid segments—called...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
How should governments respond to the problem of climate change? What should happen to the level of greenhouse gas emissions and how quickly? How much can the present generation be expected to sacrifice to improve conditions for future generations? How should the costs of mitigation and adaptation...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
A comprehensive study of the major carbon-containing gases in the atmosphere (CO2 and CH4), emphasizing biogeochemical processes in the oceans, land and atmosphere that regulate their global abundances, plus the human-controlled processes and multiple feedbacks that perturb them. Roles in energy...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course explores efforts to manage, finance, and regulate the transportation, water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure systems in developing countries. Issues to be discussed include public-private partnerships (PPPs), the fundamentals of project finance, contract and discretionary...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
This course offers students the opportunity to develop a business-focused understanding of energy in the 21st Century. Following the “value chain” of energy - from upstream production to downstream consumption - the course provides practical insight into how business models are being shaped by...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Business School
Season: Fall
The greatest challenge at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy in the 21st century has arisen because society is getting 80 percent of the massive quantities of energy it needs using fuels and technologies that are disrupting global climate and the array of environmental goods...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Climate, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
Urban infrastructures are socio-technical systems of facilities and services (i.e. energy, telecommunications, transportation, water, waste management, food distribution, housing) vital to the basic functioning of cities and regions. Beyond their physical designs, materials, and mechanics, urban...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
In this course, we will explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet.  To explore the opportunities for and challenges to achieving a sustainable food system, we will critically review published studies and other...
Research Areas: Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Spring
In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates over the fuels that power the U.S. electric grid. We will begin with proposals by the federal government to construct mega-dams in the first half of the twentieth century and continue to current controversies about...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Law School
Season: Fall
The oceans contain 97 percent of the Earth's water, and host the most disparate ecosystems on the planet. This course provides an introduction to deep sea ocean habitats, animals, and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the physiological adaptations of organisms to their environment, as well as...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
The course is designed as a broad survey covering the most critical topics in environmental economics today. Economics, the science of how scarce resources are allocated, is at the core of many of our most challenging environmental issues, and therefore vitally important. In a world of increasing...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course introduces the basic principles of tourism master planning, enabling students to learn how communities, governments, business, and civil society can take a more inclusive and sustainable approach to planning tourism destinations worldwide. Students learn to present quantitative and...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course attempts to answer two questions: What makes buildings healthy, comfortable, and productive for their occupants? How can we influence design, construction, and operations to ensure healthy, comfortable, and productive buildings? Students learn about occupants' interaction with light,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Sustainable finance is a main topic on the international agenda. Financial decisions worldwide are increasingly influenced by the scarcity of resources, the search for profits through efficiency, and climate change. We observe an increasing investment appetite for green bonds. Investment funds and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course covers disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, fires, landslides, hurricanes, famines, pandemic diseases, meteorite impacts, and hurricanes. The course presents basic science, along with detailed case studies of past and present events. Lectures and discussions...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Today, economic growth is primarily contingent on increased resource consumption. In this linear economic approach, organizations harvest or extract materials, use them to create products, and then sell those products to consumers who generally incinerate or send to landfill the materials that no...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course presents a framework, a process, and computational methods for conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. This course begins with a preliminary comparison of the three approaches, a review of the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
This course helps students develop critical thinking, scholarly writing skills, and research abilities while developing their individual thesis proposals. Class meetings feature lectures and discussions on different scientific approaches, group discussions, and intensive, constructive discussion of...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Winter
This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring, Fall
This course introduces the concepts and components of a geographic information system (GIS). It also teaches the essential skills of spatial data management, analysis, and visualization through the use of the ArcGIS software package. Upon completion of this course, students understand the...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course examines the role of corporate responsibility as a strategy to improve products, profits, and brand equity. The idea of corporations as simply wealth-creating organizations with no obligations to the environment is no longer acceptable. Globalization and increased transparency of...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course introduces the concepts and practices of sustainable development, clean technology, and energy management. These areas are explored from a global perspective as they affect current and future opportunities and challenges related to the design, development, and commercialization of...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully market sustainable products and services. At the end of the course students are able to understand the key elements of developing a successful marketing strategy and branding approach for a sustainable market offering. The...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
Career Focus This is an investing/finance course, designed to build on skills introduced in the RC finance course, but with an emphasis on how and whether investors should incorporate what have traditionally been considered “non-financial” criteria in their decisions: for example,  climate risk,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Business School
Season: Fall
Jane Bennett borrows Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s concept of assemblages to argue that humans are not the sole actors in and on the world. Instead, always-becoming assemblages that include human and non-human beings, materials, and forces produce events that shape our experience and, she...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Fall
This course provides an overview of energy policy issues with an emphasis on the analysis necessary to frame, design, and evaluate policy remedies to energy problems. The course is intended for doctoral students interested but not necessarily specializing in energy issues. The course is offered in...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Developing and implementing good solutions to real problems facing human society requires a broad understanding of the relationships between technology innovation, science, manufacturing, design thinking, environment, sustainability, culture, aesthetics, business, public policy, and government....
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Developing and implementing good solutions to real problems facing human society requires a broad understanding of the relationships between technology innovation, science, manufacturing, design thinking, environment, sustainability, culture, aesthetics, business, public policy, and government....
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
The German-speaking world has long been known for its ecological concern and green credentials. Myriad films and novels from the post-1945 period deal with the degradation of the environment and the concomitant threat to human life. In this course we will look at novels from and about the former...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring

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