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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Programs

NTRES 2470 Green Cities: Creating the Living City

Course description

This course examines the history and future of the ecological city and the technological and social forces that continue to shape it. Metropolitan transformation is explored in conjunction with alternative transportation, renewable energy, green infrastructure, recycling and resource management, and sustainable economics as means toward advancing cities to become the basis of an ecologically sound and socially just society. The first part of the course introduces students to the long, but often overlooked, history of environmental city development in the western planning tradition. The second part of the course reviews present-day efforts to apply these approaches in the face of modern metropolitan challenges to creating ecologically responsible cities. Specific case studies are studied within the theoretical context and political struggles that frame them. Outcome 1: Recognize key drivers of environmental change and the status of key environmental resources. Outcome 2: Understand the cultural context and conceptual basis of sustainable resource management. Outcome 3: Expand their ability to describe – both in writing and orally – approaches required to understand how natural systems influence and are influenced by human activities. Outcome 4: Begin to identify disciplines and approaches that are of particular interest to them in pursuing a career that integrates knowledge from natural and social science disciplines in improving the management of shared environments and natural resources. Outcome 5: Demonstrate an understanding of the history of environmental thought and how ideas in the past shape present-day environment management. Outcome 6: Apply the basic principles of biological and social sciences to understand environmental problems and solutions to those problems, including climate change, human population growth, agriculture, energy and the environment, ecosystem and species management, biodiversity, and pollution. Outcome 7: Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking by arguing for a solution to an environmental problem but also recognizing the counter argument. Outcome 8: Critically think about how ecological and social factors affect conservation threats and outcomes. Outcome 9: Recognize key drivers of environmental change and the status of key environmental resources.

This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and Summer College students.

Classes

The next offering of this course is undetermined at this time.

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