Photo: sustainability.

Learning Goals and Skills:

Foundations (3 Courses)

  • Define sustainability and defend word choice with evidence (from the literature, experience, and social conversation). [Explain how it relates to your life and your values. Be sure to address issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy]
  • Describe how the following dynamics guide sustainable thinking:
    1. Pressures that undermine sustainability and the consequences of these pressures on individuals and society.
    2. Relationships among economies, societies, and environments.

Associated skills:

  • Calculate life-cycle analyses and ecological footprints, conduct full-cost accounting and evaluate the potential for social value metrics.
  • Explain principles of environmental and natural resource management, and describe distinctions among renewable, replicable and replaceable (and irreplaceable) resources
  • Monitor and evaluate policies, projects and processes in terms of economic and organizational effectiveness, equity, cultural fit and environmental impact
  • Analyze issues and use basic policy analysis

Areas of Inquiry (3 Courses)

  • Analyze and apply to particular problems or issues social-ecological systems thinking on multiple spatial and temporal scales, and in between social, ecological and biophysical systems and explain [past] or predict [future] the outcomes for intergenerational human welfare and ecosystem health using ideas from the following areas of inquiry.

In these courses students will develop and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Work with organizational concepts, including the relationship of organizational structure and scale to the issues being addressed
  • se alternatives analysis, including benefit: cost analysis and comparisons
  • Engage in marketing synthesis, analysis, and strategy
  • Assess economic and non-economic values of 'ecosystem services'
  • Identify and engage with stakeholders in a given environmental or public health issue and assess/analyze/explain the community [relations and] dynamics involved
  • Practice sustainability standard setting and evaluation
  • Identify regulatory and other governance strategies that hamper or implement sustainability
  • develop and critically evaluate the 'business case for sustainability'

Practicum: (1 Course)

  • Identify a problem relating to sustainability, identify stakeholders, develop objectives and plan; collect, analyze and interpret data, report findings, and marshal resources. As part of this, students must (through the practicum and other relevant courses) develop the professional skills to be an effective leader for the achievement of sustainability

In this course, students will develop and demonstrate the following skills:

  • identify the appropriate tools for different economic and environmental scales
  • describe how different stakeholders define the 'problem' and how they can collaborate to address it
  • integrate personal experiences and current practices and policies across multiple scales.
  • identify implications for environmental justice and understand what values are at stake.
  • engage with stakeholders in process of analysis and action (to the degree they welcome such interaction)
  • project and personnel management, & proposal development, including budgets
  • written and oral communications appropriate to diverse audiences with distributed points of power.
  • leadership, teamwork, facilitation, conflict management
  • individual career development plans