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Megan Horst
ENVIR 480
Seattle Campus

Sustainability Studio

Exploration of definitions and critical concepts of sustainability and analysis of sustainability practices on the UW campus. Student research teams analyze specific sustainability practices related to food, water, energy, and climate, among other topics. Sustainability project topic focus is different each quarter. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Students engage in hands-on, project-based work to support sustainability initiatives in campus. The topics change every quarter. Past topics have included green laboratories, climate action, green athletics, and waste, among others.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

During the first weeks, class sessions will consist of engaged dialogue, discussion of applicable readings, hearing from field experts, and going on field trips. The goal is for students to become knowledgeable about the specific topic, in context of campus sustainability efforts.

In the second part of the course, class time will be devoted to studio time in which students will work in small teams on self-selected applied projects. Guidance will be provided by the instructor, peers, and clients.

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with sustainability preferred. Junior, seniors and grad students preferred. Sophomores welcome with instructor permission.

Class assignments and grading

The major assignment is a team project, which will be an applied research of project related to the quarter's topic. All other assignments will support this one. As part of the final project, teams will submit a written report and participate in a professional presentation.

Top scores will be given to students who participate and engage in the topic and who collaborate effectively with their teams to produce a professional and useful project. Students will also grade themselves and peers.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Megan Horst
Date: 10/25/2013