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Landscape architecture projects, at all scales, can involve elements which add to our natural resources.  These restored areas are increasingly shown to provide ?ecological services,? natural functions that enhance natural and human communities in many ways.  Restoration ecology activities bring...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Through the lens of climate change, this foundation course surveys the intellectual development of resilience and adaptation in the social, natural and applied sciences. Through a critical reading and analysis of central bodies of literature, students are provided a conceptual and empirical basis...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
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
This course will explore the relationship between climate, environment and human evolution. How did hominins and other mammals adapt to global cooling and grassland expansion? Is there any correlation between climate and the adaptive radiation that produced multiple Australopithecine lineages and...
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines American environmental literature from the period of colonization through the era of climate change.  Our focus will be on how people from an array of different backgrounds experienced and inscribed North American environments.  We will pay particular attention to issues of...
Research Areas: Arts and Humanities
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Our understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment has been forged in moments of crisis: natural and human-made disasters, technological failures, political disputes, scientific controversies. This course will address science, technology, and the environment in historical...
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: Spring
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
(Previously offered as PED-209) 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,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Spring
Career Focus The course is for students who intend to participate, as managers, capital providers, or consultants, in companies involved in supplying energy services to households, firms, and other customers. It will also benefit students who may work for firms in energy-intensive or energy-related...
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
As urbanization and internal migration to existing cities has been on the increase, residential high-rise typology became the norm in many countries. Although this typology has been used for almost a century, its energy performance has not evolved to a level that matched the environmental concerns...
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
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Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
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
This course provides an introduction to marine organisms and the physical and biological processes that affect them. The course begins with an investigation into the geologic processes behind the formation of ocean basins, the causes and maintenance of currents and ocean circulation, and the...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension 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
Trees both provide a background in our landscape and play an important role in the ecosystems of the world. This course explores topics related to the growth patterns of trees, their physiology, and their identification. Basic concepts in ecosystem dynamics and forestry practices are discussed. The...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
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
The impact of supply chains to an organization's overall greenhouse gas emissions is becoming an increasingly relevant topic as more and more companies outsource manufacturing, logistics, and other key functions to third parties. Waste, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions are still incurred in...
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
In recent years, high-performance green buildings have gone from fringe to mainstream. Organizations and municipalities around the world have started requiring elements of green building on new construction and major renovations, green materials and equipment are abundant in the marketplace, energy...
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: Fall
Advances in chemistry have brought us products that enhance our lives. But those benefits can come at an environmental cost. This course examines the regulatory and scientific tools we use to steward anthropogenic chemicals within the context of pragmatic business decision making. At a deeper level...
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: 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
GIS is not just for mapping. As an information system and science, it also provides tools and perspectives for learning what spatial data can tell us about the world and its geography. It leverages the special characteristics of spatial data and processes to derive more insight from data than a non...
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: Spring

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