This course introduces the challenges of sustainability as applied to the built environment and the built environment's interconnectivity with the natural environment. It addresses a range of specific sustainability-related issues such as sprawl and smart growth, climate change, motorized and non-motorized transportation, social equity and environmental justice, green architecture, food system, and community engagement. Students will do substantial background reading, engage in class discussion, write a series of short application papers, and apply their skills to a small-group, real-world project. CP 2233 also serves as a gateway course to the new Sustainable Cities minor.
Who should take this course? This course will be of special interest to at least three types of students: (1) those whose professional work may directly relate to the built environment, including majors in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, public policy, and international affairs; (2) those with a special interest in sustainability and its growing importance in areas such as computing, economics, or management, and; (3) students who wish to become better citizens by developing a deeper understanding and basis for action regarding one of the most important challenges facing our country and world.