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Spring 2017-2018
* ENE 202 / ARC 208 / EGR 208 / ENV 206 (STN)   No Pass/D/Fail

Designing Sustainable Systems - Demonstrating the Potential of Sustainable Design Thinking

Forrest M. Meggers

Integrating the process of design and system thinking with an understanding of fundamental environmental and societal principals of sustainability is necessary to enact sustainable societal changes. This course starts with a study of the science related to sustainability and how open-ended sustainable development problems can be addressed through a process of design, and leads to a major group design project focused on devising and demonstrating an opportunity for sustainability on campus. Fabrication, simulation, sensor and graphical tools will be incorporated into the design process learning and deployed in precept.

Sample reading list:
Forrest Meggers, Jerry Schnoor, Alexander Zehnder, Global Change and Sustainability
Donella Meadows, Systems Thinking
Janine Benyus, Biomimicry
Michael Braungart & William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle

Reading/Writing assignments:
Initially, weekly problem sets based on textbook readings are assigned. A midterm covers this core material. Design groups are created in precept and mini-projects with short write-ups are due. The second half comprises a central group project designing a sustainable system for campus. Each group member is assigned a book to read to incorporate new design concepts and thinking into the projects. Two project presentations, an individual book report, and a final team report are required.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Design Project - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40358 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:120
40359 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
40360 P04 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15
40361 P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:15