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ENVS 105 The Science of Sustainable Living • 5 Cr.

Description:

Introduces the science of sustainability as it relates to our everyday lives. Topics covered include sustainable practices pertaining to buildings, foods and agriculture, environmental health, carbon emissions, life-cycle analysis and waste, renewable energy, transportation, social justice, and personal economic choices. Students who take this course will learn how to make more sustainable choices in their day-to-day life.

Outcomes:

After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Provide a good working definition of sustainability that includes environmental, economic, and social justice factors.
  • Discuss ways to consume less energy and reduce carbon footprint in the home, business, and transportation.
  • Describe ways each person can identify and reduce exposure to toxins in everyday life.
  • Discuss ways to produce, transport, and distribute food more sustainably.
  • Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources, and describe traditional, as well as new, more innovative techniques for producing, using, and conserving those resources.
  • Explain economic and political factors that may either help or hinder the movement toward a more sustainable global society.
  • Discuss how local actions can have a worldwide impact, and include positive and negative examples.
  • Describe the concept of environmental justice as it relates to sustainability.
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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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