Following a set of introductory readings and online exercises, students will embark on a ten day bicycle tour of Vermont. This format immerses students in the topics at hand, provides ample space for engaging group discussions, builds relationships between students and community members, and creates a powerful learning environment. Our primary course objective is examine the complexity of environmental issues through a systems-thinking framework. Using a problem-based approach, we will explore sustainable solutions and apply sustainability criteria to issues at hand, taking into account ethical, ecological, social, and economic considerations. We seek to engender openmindedness through interactions with community members who have diverse perspectives about sustainability, and use these conservations to better understand worldviews, value systems, social norms, and drivers of societal change.
Summer, Hybrid Course - online and in person, Travel Course