Introduction to Sustainable Systems

Fall 2016
Kim Cobb
Jennifer Hirsch
Beril Toktay
Valerie Thomas
GT 2803 SLS
GT 4803 SLS
ISyE 2803 SLS
MGT 2803 SLS

This course has a GT designation so student in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross-listed with Management and Industrial & Systems Engineering.  You can register for any one of the course numbers and you'll be in the same class!
In this course, we will explore sustainability from a systems perspective, including physical/resource balances, ecological/carbon cycle processes, economic/financial practices, political/policy processes and public participation as they relate to communities in Atlanta and around the world. Case studies (in climate, renewable resource management, and material/product recycling) and exercises will demonstrate how these systems interact.  We will start with sustainability and connect to community. We focus on concepts and methods for meaningful action, whether you aspire to be director of R&D at Georgia Power; an engineer with the City of Savannah's Department of Public Works; environmental and business advisor to the leading GOP candidate for governor of Georgia in 2019; sustainability chief for the city of Atlanta, tasked by the mayor with mobilizing efforts in non-affluent communities; or part of a strategic planning team at a major US auto manufacturer, a major pulp and paper company, or a leading natural gas producer. Questions: Contact Beril Toktay.

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