ENVS 105 The Science of Sustainable Living • 5 Cr.
Description starting Winter 2014
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.
After completing this class, students should be able to:1. Explain existing definitions of sustainability and derive a good working definition of sustainability that includes environmental, economic, and social justice factors. 2. Discuss ways to consume less energy in the home, business, and transportation. 3. List and explain ways to reduce carbon footprint in personal and professional life. 4. Identify and describe ways each person can reduce the toxins we use and emit into the environment and identify and reduce exposure to existing toxins. 5. Discuss ways to use or produce, transport, and distribute food more sustainably. 6. Discuss sustainability in terms of, global, economic and political factors that may either help or hinder the movement toward a more sustainable global society. 7. Discuss how local actions can have a worldwide impact, and include positive and negative examples. 8. Be able to differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources, and describe traditional as well as new, more innovative techniques for producing, using and conserving those resources. 9. Describe the concept of social justice as it relates to sustainability 10. Demonstrate how to find and synthesize scientific information in print and electronic media.