Sustainable Cities Minor

Vertically Integrated Project: Bee Snap

This course is part of the Vertically Integrated Projects program, where students get credit for working on ongoing projects over multiple semesters.  As part of the Bee-SNAP team, students will design devices and computational approaches to study bees in urban habitats.  Predictions and models developed using these approaches will be validated with biological field studies.  Bees are important pollinators and efficient pollination is critical to our food supply.  Should bees become threatened in urban areas, food security could be at risk. 

Environmental Policy and Politics

The course will focus on what constitutes effective environmental policy. First, we will analyze the evolution of environmental policy and actors in the environmental arena. Then, we will analyze why environmental policies are needed, discussing the issues of negative externalities and public goods. After that, we will discuss environmental policy instruments for addressing environmental issues at the local, regional, and global levels.

Multimodal Transportation

Planning, design and operation of systems of air, rail, water and highway facilities, including those for bicycles and pedestrians. In this course, we will focus on the need, purpose and design for multimodality.  Why is a multimodal transportation system important?  How do we plan and design for multimodal transportation?  How do we measure the performance of a multimodal transportation system?  What is a complete street and what guides are available for complete streets design?

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