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B Bruce Bare
ESRM 300
Seattle Campus

Principles of Sustainability

Overview of principles of sustainability, including discussion of current literature, presentation, and discussion with practitioners, and methods for balancing social, economic, and ecological consequences of proposed policies and actions. Students develop a plan to further their studies in natural resources and environmental sustainability. Recommended: ESRM 200; ESRM 201. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.

Class description

We introduce the principles of sustainability within a natural resources context. The history and development of sustianability as well as applications across an array of natural resources are presented.

Student learning goals

The principles of sustainability and how they apply to natural resources science and management.

How organizations currently interpret the principles in the practical management of natural resources within their purview.

How these principles will be evident in further studies within the ESRM curriculum.

What tools and methods are being used to assess sustainability.

General method of instruction

A weekly seminar presented by a guest speaker followed by class room discussion.

Recommended preparation

ESRM majors only who have taken ESRM 200 and 201.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly readings in one of the three course texts plus readings as assigned by guest speakers.

Attendance and participation in the weekly seminars is required. Course is graded CR/NC. Students also prepare a plan describing how they expect to further their studies in natural resources and how sustainability will play a role in these studies.


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.
Information for Winter quarter.
Last Update by B Bruce Bare
Date: 12/10/2008