ENVS 105 The Science of Sustainable Living • 5 Cr.
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:
- Explain existing definitions of sustainability and derive a good working definition of sustainability that includes environmental, economic, and social justice factors.
- Discuss ways to consume less energy in the home, business, and transportation.
- List and explain ways to reduce carbon footprint in personal and professional life.
- 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.
- Discuss ways to use or produce, transport, and distribute food more sustainably.
- Discuss sustainability in terms of, global, 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.
- 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.
- Describe the concept of social justice as it relates to sustainability.
- Demonstrate how to find and synthesize scientific information in print and electronic media.
- Spring 2015 (current quarter)