ERE 796, section 3
Ecological Engineering and Designing for Sustainability
Baker Lab 421
T and Th, 9:30- 10:50 a.m.
In this course we will examine the nature of the very large challenges in front of us as our premium fuels are depleted. We will explore and attempt to develop solutions to consequent societal and environmental problems in a changing world that is facing climate change and regional water shortages. Our focus will be on examining less energy intensive, lower pollution, and resource conserving approaches to the main needs of society. We will use ecological engineering theory and practice as a framework for our designs and will be informed by sustainability metrics to gauge potential success. We will explore the ecological engineering and sustainability literature and consider case studies of the built environment.
Grading will be entirely on a group basis. The class will be given one final grade (i.e. A, B…), which will be derived from the following:
80% Report - White Papers (four)
Reports and presentations will be prepared as a culmination of a process whereby we will decide upon a problem and set about as a class to research and resolve that problem.