Course: Environmental Sustainability and Policy: An International Comparison of Best Practices, Opportunities and Challenges

This course will examine sustainability case studies on a local, regional, country and global scale with a focus on the environment, oceans and atmosphere. Students will learn key concepts behind sustainability; integration of economic, environmental and social dimensions and how that translates into policy and positive change. Course will include an examination of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Goals; the importance of multi-stakeholder involvement and effective communication; and identify challenges and barriers to success. Students will participate in group/independent projects that contribute to existing or help build community-based sustainability initiatives. Students will develop a sustainability management plan that outlines stakeholders, policies, special regional considerations, short term and future actions and measures of success as part of their service project. Topics will include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, climate change, biodiversity, disaster risk reduction, agriculture, environmental justice, green economies, ecotourism and environment-public health connections.