Fundamentals of Sustainability
Sustainability identifies the relationships between Supply, Demand, Control and Beliefs. The goal is to develop a critical understanding of the realities about sustainability compared to beliefs and proposed actions.
- Understand and identify the four principal factor areas central to sustainability and their contributing factors:
- Supply meaning energy, materials and labor
- Demand meaning the expectation of the populace and factors that modify these expectations
- Beliefs meaning the views and values expressed by various groups regarding the relationship between the present and the future; and,
- Control meaning the policies that are put in place, formally and informally, that link Beliefs to Supply and Demand.
- Develop critical analytical and synthetic skills to qualify the data and arguments relevant to each of these factor areas.
- Be able to use the data and analysis skills to propose policy solutions to support sustainability.
- At the conclusion of the course, students will be familiar with each of the four drivers that underlie the concept and operation of sustainability. The student will be able to examine propositions advanced by each advocate to appreciate the meaningfulness and utility of such proposals. The student will be able to use the critical thinking abilities to decide on a course of action as preparation for such roles in a professional capacity.
Week 1 Beliefs - Introduction and Definitions
Week 2 Beliefs – Concepts and Testing of Concepts
Week 3 Controls – Societal cycles; Economic measures
Week 4 Demand – History; Population vs. GDP
Week 5 Supply – Energy – Food and Fuel
Week 6 Supply – Energy, work and work product
Week 7 Supply – Energy distribution
Week 8 Mid-Term Exam + Energy supply & demand
Week 9 Supply – Future energy generation options
Week 10 Supply - Transportation
Week 11 Supply - Transportation
Week 12 Supply – Minerals and Water
Week 13 Supply – Food production
Week 14 Final Presentations - Pollutants
Week 15 Final Exam – Integration of concepts