SM 531 Sustainable Development

This course addresses issues of sustainable development at the local, regional and global scales. Topics include understanding of the definitions, history, current status and future outlook of sustainable development. Population dynamics, wealth distribution, principles of economic growth, social dimensions of sustainable growth (poverty, food security, health, education, social inclusion), biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, climate change. Sustainable development stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities including individuals, advocacy groups, local, regional and country-level governing bodies, NGO’s and corporations. Legal, policy and regulatory aspects of sustainable development. A systems view of sustainability and sustainable development including the concepts of global boundaries and resiliency.




Graduate Student or At Least Junior


Environmental Engineering Program