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.
Students engage in hands-on, project-based work to support sustainability initiatives in campus. Winter Quarter 2013's topic is "green" investing at UW.
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 green labs. 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.
None. Understanding of basics of conservation and sustainability will be helpful, as well familiarity with labs.
Class assignments and grading
The major assignment is a small team project, which will be an applied project to promote green labs at UW. All other assignments will support this one. As part of the final project, teams will submit a written report/newsletter 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.