Pratt Sustainability Studies Registration Update for Spring 2014

How do humans live in concert with the environment?  Discuss this question in these two Fall 2013 courses.

As the fall semester comes to a close here at the Pratt Institute, we are beginning preparations for Spring 2014.  This will be the second semester where undergraduates can declare for the Sustainability Studies minor, and both of my classes in the spring are ones students can count towards that minor.   SUST 201-01 The Sustainable Core still has available seats.  SUST 401-01 Power, Pollution, and Profit has now filled to capacity, but students may elect to get on the wait list in case registered students decide to drop.

SUST 401-01 Power, Pollution, and Profit
Modern sodety relies on burning fossil fuel for energy, with serious economic, public health, and environmental consequences. Learn the history of how we came to rely on unsustainable energy sources and ways In which our future use of energy may be made mode sustainable.

Spring 2014: Tuesdays, 2pm-4:50pm.  3 credit hours.

Spaces remain available in SUST 201-01 The Sustainable Core, which meets Monday afternoons from 2-4:50pm in Spring 2014  This course is designed as our introduction to sustainability, is the required core course for Pratt’s Sustainability Studies minor, and is an excellent way to get familiar with the many ways sustainability is practiced at Pratt.

SUST 201-01 The Sustainable Core
This course provides an overview of sustainability by exploring definitions, controversies, trends, and case-studies in various systems and locales (urban/rural, local/national/global). Investigation of critical elements of sustainability, including environmental history and urban ecology, sustainable development and landscape transformations, recycling/waste management, ecosystem restoration, and environmental justice.

Spring 2014: Mondays, 2pm-4:50pm.  3 credit hours.

Both of these courses may count as a Social Science or Philosophy elective, both may be applied to the Sustainability Studies minor, and there are no prerequisites for either of them. If you are a Pratt student and have any questions for me about these courses (or about the Sustainability Studies minor), please feel free to contact me at

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