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London School of Economics and Political Science (UK):
Sustainability: Economy, Business and Technology
Professor E Neumayer
of NAON: First book on reading list of three
Frameworks for decoupling economy and environment:
Sustainable development, ecological modernisation
and environmental leapfrogging; Governance approaches
for decoupling environment and economy; Green technological
change, technological lock-in and niche management;
Environmental leapfrogging in developing countries;
Decarbonising the economy; Environmental values, behaviour
and education; Corporate environmental management
and competitive environmental strategy; Critical perspectives
on the greening of business; The competitive implications
of environmental protection.
of unit: The course will be taught through a
combination of 19 weekly lectures (1.5 hours) and
19 weekly seminars
School of Business (USA), University of Colorado at
4000-101 Sustainability and Business Ethics
of NAON: One of four essention reading books
Society, business, and the natural world are inextricably
linked by the same set of natural laws. This Section
of BCOR 4000 offers an introduction to the rationale
for business responsibility to society and the responsibility
of both to the natural world. The course covers the
fundamental constructs of Business Ethics within the
framework of sustainability and explores partnership
paradigms such as corporate stakeholder management,
and the principles of natural capitalism, industrial
ecology, and whole systems thinking.
of unit: Undergraduate, senior year course.
of Environmental Science and Forestry (USA), University
of New York: EST
426/EST 626: Concepts and Principles of Sustainable
of NAON: Required reading for 'Sustainability
and Competitiveness' topic.
The question for this course is, “How do we
live well without undermining the natural systems
on which we fundamentally depend?” This is a
challenge for natural resource management and also
for chemistry, hydrology, engineering, economics,
communication, psychology, personal change dynamics
and the social sciences. In this course all disciplines
are welcome. You will be asked to query your own discipline
with the question of how the challenge of sustainable
development can be addressed.
of unit: Combined undergraduate and graduate
School (USA), Bethel University: BUSN620
Environmental Perspectives in Business Management
Dr Robert Kistler
of NAON: One of four essention reading books
Examination of the relationships between business
and the local and global environment. The premise
is that business leaders must consider the social
and environment context of their actions and practice.
Study of principles of sustainable development will
include discussion of how consideration of human and
materials resources are needed for managing a business
in today's world.
of unit: Component of and Master of Business
University of Technology:
of NAON: One of three listed reading materials.
During the course we aim to develop and improve students
investigation and teamwork skills; to develop understanding
and basic knowledge of Environmental implications
of engineering activities, Sustainable design, Sustainable
development and incorporating it into engineering
practice. Critical analysis and problem solving strategies.
Professional presentation and engineering report writing;
and to provide students with the opportunity to experience
peer reviewed oral presentations.
of unit: Undergraduate, A unit of study in the
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) and Bachelor
of Engineering (Civil Engineering) / Bachelor of Business.
University of Technology (QUT): BEB200
A/Prof Glenn Thomas
of NAON: The only set text.
This unit will address issues of sustainability from
a number of perspectives thus providing students with
a variety of lenses on the ways in which the human-made
environment impacts on the future of human settlement.
The unit will include an introduction to sustainability
from a variety of perspectives, including indigenous
and other cultural perspectives, and from ecological,
economic and technological perspectives. It will demonstrate
to students the ways in which contrasting, and sometimes
conflicting, ideas about sustainability are prioritised
and how these priorities contribute to the impact
that design, engineering and urban development professions
have on a sustainable future.
Status of unit:
Compulsory First year course for the Faculty of Built
Environment and Engineering.
Sustainability Principles and Practices
Cheryl Paten (supported by Charlie Hargroves)
of NAON: The only set text.
How can sustainability principles be implemented in
your work as a professional person? Sustainability
Practices and Principles will equip you with the foundational
knowledge and practical tools to make sustainability
'happen' in your professional practice. This course
breaks through the complex language of sustainable
development to help you understand what sustainability
will mean in the context of your work as an engineer,
scientist, planner, or professional in business, law
or Asian studies. Weekly practical sessions equip
you with tools to implement sustainability in design,
research, reporting and management in the workplace.
of unit: Undergraduate Level.
National University (ANU):
of NAON: The only preliminary reading book listed.
The course applies the core human ecology concepts
developed in ECOS2001 to the urban environment. The
emphasis is on how human activities affect ecological
processes and human wellbeing in urban areas. Students
will study the effect that different human values,
institutional arrangements and management strategies
have on urban energy and material stocks and flows.
Case studies covered by the course include the changes
that the urban form places on water, energy and material
flows as well as how urban design and planning processes
affect transport and settlement patterns. For each
of these topics, different human interventions will
be considered, including those aimed at improving
governance, harnessing ecosystem services and engaging
with the community.
of unit: Next offered in 2007, first semester,
65 contact hours including 26 hours of lectures, 21
hours of workshops/tutorials, 18 hours of field work.
University of Western Australia, School of Mechanical
for Sustainable Development (MECH4400)
Margot Jupp and Prof. James Trevelyan
of NAON: Required Text.
This course aims to introduce you to real engineering
practice in which the details of technical solutions
are often the least important decision that you will
have to make. To date the majority of the course work
you have done has prepared you to answer some narrow
technical questions of engineering. For excellence
in engineering it is essential you incorporate people
constraints, economics and environmental issues into
design and other engineering decisions. This course
will introduce you to the aspects that you will have
to address in your careers as engineers. Sustainable
engineering means taking these aspects into account
in a systematic manner and we will show you some of
the tools you will need to do this effectively. (View
Status of unit: Undergraduate, Lectures:
3 per week; tutorials: 2 per week; Practicals: 2 per
University, Graduate School of the Environment - Division
of Environmental & Life Sciences:
825 Sustainable Development: Introductory Principles
of NAON: Listed as a key text with many others.
This unit provides students with the tools for interpreting
international developments and reviewing progress
in the area of sustainable development. Students will
trace the evolution of sustainable development, from
how it was expressed in Rio at the first United Nations
Conference on Environment and Development (1992) with
Agenda 21 and the associated environmental Conventions
and 10 years later at the World Summit on Sustainable
Development in Johannesburg (2002). Students will
be introduced to various other instruments of international
governance including the Millennium Development Goals,
the Monterrey Consensus and DOHA Round of Trade negotiations
on sustainable development.
Status of unit: Core unit in Postgraduate
Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Sustainable Development.
of Sciences, Engineering & Health, Central Queensland
Engineering Skills 2
Dr Fae Martin
of NAON: First book on reading list of two books
This course provides opportunities to develop fundamental
knowledge, skills and attitudes introduced in Engineering
Skills 1. It promotes the development of a professional
attitude, relevant technical knowledge and productive
work practices using opportunities provided in assigned
projects. The course presents professional development
in terms of Engineers Australia's graduate attributes,
identifying personal strengths, weaknesses and strategies
for improvement. The course is designed to develop
engineering communication skills, a capacity to work
productively and learn effectively, individually and
in teams. It develops knowledge and skills in time
management, project management, research skills, problem
solving and application of sustainability principles.
Status of unit: Combined
undergraduate and graduate course.
of Green Professionals (Non-University): General
Comprehensive Course: Sustainable Development Literacy
Advisors: Professor Marcus T. Allen, Karlson
“Charlie” Hargroves, Grant W. Austin,
Professor Peter P. Rogers, Dr Kazi F. Jalal
of NAON: First of two core texts listed.
Prior to the development of this course, IGP was engaged
in a 9-month process of developing a consensus document
to define the basic multidisciplinary sustainable
development knowledge needed for individuals working
and teaching in professional specialties of architecture,
land use planning, landscape architecture, engineering,
real property valuation, accounting and law. The contents
of this course are the result of this consensus document.
The consensus is a live document that will be utilized
for the continued updating of this course and therefore
comments are welcome.
of unit: Roughly equivalent to a one-semester
graduate level course at a regionally accredited university
in the United States.