This course introduces students to the issues challenging global sustainability and the critical importance of human actions in deciding our paths for the 21stCentury. Students will be given context in sustainability at individual, community and global levels, and be introduced to the foundations of Sustainable Urban Development (SUD). The importance of the roles of the built environment and technology in context with natural ecological systems will be explored. The course will examine current leading frameworks, theories and applications in sustainable community development. Students will be introduced to the metabolisms of sustainable community development: renewable energy, land-use and the built environment, transportation and urban infrastructure, resource management, sustainable health, and industrial ecology. Students will be challenged to reflect on existing and future career paths as a "Sustainability Professional" within their discipline, while incorporating the values of sustainability and global citizenship. This course is open to students who have completed a two year diploma of technology or have approval of the program head.
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At the end of this course the student will be able to:
- Develop a common framework to define sustainability and its working definitions.
- Define Sustainable Urban Development (SUD).
- Analyse the relationships of the challenges of global sustainability to the actions of human-kind.
- Critically evaluate sustainability through human actions at individual, community and global scales.
- Connect the importance of the role of the built environment to the role of technology within the context of natural ecological systems.
- Evaluate leading sustainability frameworks, theories and applications in sustainable community development.
- Identify the metabolisms of sustainable community development and describe their interrelationships.
- Connect ideas and applications of sustainability to one's own career path as a 'Sustainability Professional' or global citizen.
Effective as of Fall 2008
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