Instructor: Michael Readey
Suggested prior knowledge: None
Prerequisites: None
Semester(s) Offered: See course list

Current Course Schedule

Course Description

As the world’s population continues to rise toward an expected 10 billion citizens within the next few decades, it is increasingly clear that taking a business-as-usual approach will not ensure a high quality of life for everyone. Today’s students are aware of this. Moreover, they are highly motivated to create a future that provides both economic success while simultaneously assuring a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable planet. This course aims to provide students the knowledge to realize their vision, by integrating sustainability principles into technology and engineering-intensive businesses.

Skills and Knowledge Gained 

  • Know the economic, environmental, and social drivers behind sustainable enterprises.
  • Learn and use tools to assess environmental impacts of products and processes.
  • Learn and employ tools to create a more sustainable culture within your organization.
  • Build and transform your business to incorporate sustainability as one of its strategic core values.

Why should you take this course? 

This is a practical course that introduces students to the techniques and methodologies used to incorporate sustainability practices into new and existing businesses. The course involves a semester-long project where students can apply these principles in their own work-setting, create new product concepts that address today’s challenges, or even plan for an entrepreneurial startup with sustainability as its foundation.

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