Course: Introduction to Sustainability
Instructor: Cindy Parker, an instructor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Course description: This course will introduce students to human-global environment interactions, highlighting how human agency can jeopardize the environment. It will also demonstrate how humans can take actions to reverse environmental harm and improve sustainability. Instructor will review the current state of the global environment, basic ecology, and the meaning of sustainability. Students will spend much of the semester exploring the various aspects of sustainability, such as energy use, industrial processes, waste generation and disposal, and the built environment. As part of the focus on solutions, the class will introduce students to tools humans can use to attain sustainability such as policy, law, communication, marketing, research advocacy, and international treaties.
Sustaining the Earth: An Integrated Approach, by G. Tyler Miller and Scott E. Spoolman
Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk, by Cindy L. Parker and Steven M. Shapiro (recommended but not required)
Background: This course is one of 12 required core courses in Johns Hopkins’ new interdisciplinary major in global environmental change and sustainability, offered through the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The program also includes classes in the Bloomberg School and the Whiting School of Engineering.