This is a multidisciplinary course that focuses on the critical assessment of science, impacts, mitigation, adaptation, and policy relevant to climate change and global environmental sustainability. The first half of the class addresses climate change science; vulnerability and existing evidence and observations of the impacts of climate change; models and predictions of potential physical, ecological, and anthropological impacts; technological, economic, political, and consumer driven mitigation and adaptation strategies; and past and present local, state, federal, and international policy and legislation. The second half of the course actively investigates concepts and aspects of environmental sustainability, including the review of international assessments and reports and the analyses of relevant implications for human health, natural resources, energy supply and demand, and waste/pollution. This course stresses active learning and critical thinking. It requires both the objective and subjective analyses of an array of environmental sustainability and climate change topics and materials. Students will be required to participate in a climate change summit simulation, critically review climate change documentaries and complete an original timely and relevant sustainability case study. Students will also be required to complete quantitative technical assignments; research popular press, governmental agency, and peer-reviewed scientific literature; and participate in class discussions, presentations and exercises.
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