*ESPM 3601: Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology
This course will focus on how sustainable housing practices build community, how community growth has impacted the environment and how natural events impact our communities, and what science and technology is required to build high performance houses.
GCC 1907: Environmental Grand Challenges: What Impact Will You Have?
This online course students will address questions about sustainability science and effective leadership within complex grand challenges (both social and environmental). Students will be able to interrogate abstract conceptions of sustainability through site visits and interviews with sustainability leaders.
GCC 1909: Introduction to Ecosystem Health: Challenges at the Intersection of Human, Animal, and Environmental
This course will focus on the emerging discipline of Ecosystem Health, and associated approaches and technologies that support solutions to grand challenges of health at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment; introduce a toolset for approaching, defining, and responding to these grand challenges, including systems thinking, complexity science, and integrative leadership; interrogate the conflicts that exist between differing conceptions of health, through the study of several complex cases.
GCC 3011: Pathways to Renewable Energy
The course will closely examine the Realpolitik of energy and the technical, legal, regulatory, and policy underpinnings of renewable energy in the US and Minnesota.
GCC 3013: Making Sense of Climate Change: Science, Art, and Agency
This course will examine climate change science, with a particular focus on how climate change is expected to affect key ecological systems such as forests and farms and resources for vital biodiversity such as pollinators.
GCC 3016: Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse
This course provides an overview of how antibiotic use leads to antibiotic resistance, including in depth discussions of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and the impact of globalization on this exploding problem.
GCC 3025: Living the Good Life at the End of the World: Sustainability in the Anthropocene
This course will attempt to answer questions of how to live “the good life” in a time of rapid climate changes, mass extinction of plant and animal species, and the increasing pollution of our oceans, atmosphere, and soil, how to to live sustainably, as individuals and societies, in what scientists are calling the Anthropocene, and whether or not sustainability requires that we sacrifice the gains humanity has made in our quality of life.
GCC 3031: The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change
The course will use a strategy of grassroots empowerment to help students connect to the heart of what they really value; to understand the threat of climate change; to examine how they feel in the light of that threat; and to take powerful action together.
GCC 3043: Regenerative Game Studio: Playing for the Future
In this course, students will design games where winning is achieving multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals, which prepares them to become system teachers, leveraging organizations and networks for change.
GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Project Idea
This experiential course will help students learn the skills to develop solutions that address a specific problem that they have worked on in a previous GCC course or a similar project-based class. By the end of the course, students will create a design and implementation plan for a solution that could take many forms, depending on students’ interest and the nature of the problem.
SUST 3003: Sustainable People, Sustainable Planet
Students will explore the scientific, cultural, ethical, and economic concepts that affect environmental sustainability and global economic justice.
SUST 3017: Environmental Justice
The course focuses on understanding the interconnections between health, economic, and environmental disparities as it applies to environmental justice.
SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities
Students will learn public processes and metrics, engage with community members, and make a tangible difference in the Twin Cities Metro Area with their class projects.
SUST 4096: Sustainability Internship & Leadership Projects
Students will be part of a supportive cohort for developing professional and leadership skills & exploring strategies for leading social change in regards to sustainability through leadership projects and internships.