University of Vermont

NR 306 Envisioning a Sustainable Future

Welcome to NR 306 in The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Fall 2016

Instructors: Allan Strong and Deane Wang

Discussion Times: generally 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesdays includes 2-day retreat/field trip prior to the start of the semester.

Credits: 2

Envisioning a Sustainable Future provides graduate students with an opportunity to build a dynamic learning community, to understand basic frameworks for confronting complexity, to apply systems thinking to complex environmental issues, and to explore issues of sustainability in the context of social equity, ecological integrity, and economic vitality (AKA people, planet, prosperity). These goals are met through using an engaging, experiential learning environment in a place-based educational retreat/field trip format. Five additional evening class periods provide time for deeper exploration of sustainability values and issues.

Course Description
The course begins with an evening of introductions followed by two days in the field learning about local organizations and issues involving sustainability. The course then moves on to consider concepts and applications of sustainability planning and management. This course will combine analysis, synthesis, and personal reflection to engage with the complex, ambiguous, but important concept of sustainability. Students will work with multiple ecological and social justice frameworks to explore local issues and broader sustainability concepts. Emphasizing experiential learning, the course will introduce and visit with projects, places, and people. During the last week of class students will present a sustainability café, highlighting case studies of sustainability.

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