Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Honors Course: The Sustainable Campus

The Office of Sustainability and the Honors College will be offering a new sustainability-focused course this fall:

HONORS 201 (13681): The Sustainable Campus – 1 hour
Fall 2012 Tuesdays 11:00-11:50 am, room 161 BSB
Primary Instructor: Cindy Klein Banai, PhD (UIC Associate Chancellor for Sustainability)
Secondary Instructor: Dan Fredman, MUPP (Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainablity)

This seminar will examine social, economic and environmental sustainability issues as they pertain to complex institutions such as colleges and universities using examples from universities and businesses around the country (including UIC).

Through an interactive and interdisciplinary approach based upon the theory and practice of sustainability, environmental management, urban planning, organizational change, and social action, students will learn about change management within complex organizations.

As the course progresses, students will apply what they learn to make a real-world impact on pre-selected projects within the UIC campus. Depending on the scope, they may implement the project or set it up as a future internship.

The class will include guest lectures, discussions, optional tours, and a group project with a focus on the real-life challenges of campus sustainability.

Successful students will have an understanding of common campus sustainability initiatives, how to develop a project with multiple stakeholders that can leverage social/environmental change, and how an individual can act as a change agent.

Course documents will primarily be online and stored in Blackboard, and will frequently use the University of Illinois Open Source Textbook, Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation.

Questions? Let us know in the comments or contact the Office of Sustainability.

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