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This course provides an overview of sustainability by exploring definitions, controversies, trends, and case-studies in various systems and locales (urban/rural, local/national/global). Key topics of investigation include critical elements of sustainability, such as environmental history and urban ecology, sustainable development and landscape transformations, recycling/waste management, ecosystem restoration, and environmental justice. Students will develop a critical understanding of sustainability's various definitions; comprehend factors that contribute to and detract from environmental quality, community stability, economic and social equity, and other indicators of sustainability; and learn to identify a set of both qualitative and quantitative standards to assess levels of sustainability in an ecosystem or community. Includes field trips to selected institutions/locations in the Chicago Metropolitan Area that exemplify sustainability principles in action.

Credits: 3


  • ENG 101  (with a min grade of C-)

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