Five College Consortium

Sustainability in Practice

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Natural Science

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Hampshire College
Although many students are interested in studying issues related to sustainability - and may wish to pursue careers in this area - it is difficult for them to define what "sustainability" is and go about developing their own academic program. What skills, content areas, and experiences are important? How do students gain depth in a particular area? This course is designed to introduce students to people, some Hampshire alums, working towards a sustainable future in different ways and who can provide guidance and examples. Sustainable food production will be one focus of the course. Through readings, discussions, and field trips students will see what, for example, an alum who is internationally known for sustainable fish production actually does - and his journey to his present position. Energy-efficient home and building design will likely be another focus of the course, given sufficient student interest. The class will also help students work towards the Five College Sustainability certificate program as they design a course of studies in Division II and III. The course will culminate in a final written project such as a Division III proposal for students completing Division II.

Writing and Research Independent Work

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Sustainability in Practice
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Charlene D'Avanzo

01:00PM-03:50PM W

Cole Science Center 1-ECOL