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Spring 2014-2015
* ENE 202 / ARC 208 / EGR 208 / ENV 206 (STN)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Designing Sustainable Systems - Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change

Forrest M. Meggers

The course presents anthropogenic global changes and their impact on sustainable design. The course focuses on the mechanistic understanding of the underlying principles based in simple concepts from natural and applied sciences. Based on a reflection of successes and failures, it indicates the feasibility of the necessary changes and critically discusses alternatives. The material is presented in 2 parts: 1) Global Change and Environmental Impacts: studying our influences on basic natural systems and cycles, and 2) Designing Sustainable Systems: studying potential solutions to these challenges through an applied design project.

Sample reading list:
Forrest Meggers, Jerry Schnoor, Alexander Zehnder, Global Change and Sustainability
Meadows,D.H., D.L.Meadows, J.Randers, W.W. Behrens III, The Limits to Growth
David JC MacKay, Sustainability Without the Hot Air
Amory Lovins, Paul Hawkens, Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism
Lester Brown, Plan B. 4.0
Michael Braungart & William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle

Reading/Writing assignments:
A text book will accompany the first part of this course with weekly problem sets based on readings from the text. Topical readings will be assigned for a total of approximately 30-50 pages per week including the basic text. There will be one central group project aimed at re-designing a societal system that is not presently sustainable for the planet's systems. Midterm exam on part 1, a project proposal and final presentation, and a final project submission.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Design Project - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Problem set(s) - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43317 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Bowen Hall   222   Enrolled:37 Limit:90
43318 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:14 Limit:15 Closed
43492 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43493 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43319 P04 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   205   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
43494 P05 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43320 P06 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:11 Limit:15 Closed