[F&ES 600b]

Linkages of Sustainability

Credits: 4
Spring 2016: Not Offered


The Earth system is made up of interdependent components—land, water, energy, biota, and nonrenewable resources, all of which have physical limits. Societies transform these resources into useable goods, and production and consumption cycles connect people and places across space and time. This team-taught course provides an overview of these linkages and explores their implications for applying and measuring the concept of sustainability. It examines the constraints to sustainability imposed by those linkages (e.g., the energy required to sup- ply water), opportunities for their transformation, and challenges of implementing sustainability across complex social and cultural systems. Lecture and discussion