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Instructor Info:Frederick Wirth
Office Extension x5572
TA Info:Tyler Ogden
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Cole Science Center 3-OPEN

Even if we have answers for the basic questions raised by the problem of sustainability there are still many approaches to determining a proper course of action. The viewpoints of LCA, the "ecological footprint", and "Natural Capitalism" each provide a standard against which to measure any particular program of change or development. We are presently challenged to make policy judgments of vital importance, to develop technologies and systems that increase sustainability, and to design and present these things in ways that ensure widespread adoption. In this course we will employ several case studies to examine these difficult issues. Emphasis will be placed on understanding underlying scientific principles, evaluating evidence available from the technical and scientific literature, and developing innovative approaches and solutions.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluations will be based in class participation , submitted addignments and papers and the quality of the final project.

Additional Info:

Texts -

Our Ecological Footprint - Mathis, Wackernagle & Rees

Limits to Growth  : the thirty year update - Mradows, Randers & Meadows

The Improving State of the World - Goklany