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MSCI-610 Science of Sustainability

3 Credits

The Brundtland Commission in 1987 defined ‘sustainability’ as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Science of Sustainability course explores some of the major scientific issues behind our understanding of sustainability. Through lectures, readings, and discussions, the class will explore such issues as biodiversity, population, food and water resources, climate change, energy, public health, and the overall forecast for the environment and the human condition for the next several decades. Students will gain a greater appreciation of how science can inform the policies and practices that will shape a more sustainable future.