Block A: May 21-June 2

Core class times: 10am – 3:30pm

ARCH 3500/GSVS 3559/ARCH 5500: Sustainable Communities

Phoebe Crisman, Departments of Global Studies and Architecture

-3 credits

This course investigates the principles of sustainable community development—environmental quality, economic health, and social equity—as reflected in buildings, rural landscapes, towns, and cities. Through case studies, class activities and site visits, we will examine how communities impact and improve basic environmental-quality variables such as air and water quality, food supply, mobility, energy, and sense of place.

Sample Syllabus

GSGS 3559/SYS 4502/STS 3500: Sustainability and Human Needs

Garrick Louis, Department of Systems and Information Engineering

-3 credits

What is a sustainable quality of life or standard of living? Is it at the current level of consumption in industrialized countries like the U.S., in emerging economies like China, or in lower-income countries like Kenya? How should governments balance the need to create national income and provide for the human needs of their citizens, against the desire to conserve natural resources and the environment for future generations? Sustainable Development allows a society to satisfy its present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is a principle that allows societies to achieve sustainable development. Will the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals foster sustainability for all? What are effective strategies for addressing urbanization and global food security in the context of climate change?

This course will take a systematic approach to addressing these questions. It will begin with a review of system analysis; then use these fundamentals to evaluate sustainability in the context of human needs. The course will examine the technology and policy approaches to satisfying these needs, including the externalities they incur and the tradeoffs involved between social benefit and environmental impact. We will analyze the roles of government, civic society, and industry in implementing sustainability at the national level. The course will examine case studies of innovative approaches to sustainability in high- and low-income countries.

Sample Syllabus Part 1

Sample Syllabus Part 2

Sample Syllabus Part 3