Topics in Sustainable Development

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Course Description Spring 2012 Topics in Sustainable Development Instructor: Dr. Steven A. Moore ARC 386M, MAN 385, LAW379M, CRP 383, PA388K This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to critically explore the concept and practice of sustainable development from a variety of vantage points. The class is cross-listed in business, architecture, planning, law, and public policy. It will be taught by Prof. Moore as well as outside speakers representing the full range of interest and experience with sustainable development. Topics vary by year, but generally include: the philosophical origins of sustainability; systems thinking; commerce in a sustainable world; government and market solutions to social and environmental problems; role of international governing institutions; sustainable community initiatives; sustainable architecture and cities; industrial ecology; and the difficult question of “equity.” The spring 2012 seminar will examine The Alley Regeneration Project, a partnership between the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, the UT Center for Sustainable Development (UTCSD), the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), and the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation (GNDC). Together the partners will plan and redevelop a selected alley in east Austin as a demonstration of sustainable and coupled social and biophysical systems. Seminar students will conduct related research and employ the methods of service learning in the collection and interpretation of relevant data that will be published by the UTCSD and designed to influence both the project and public policy. Enrollment has historically been limited to five students from each of the five participating disciplines. However, students from other disciplines, particularly engineering, with an interest in the topic are encouraged to apply.

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Thursday 3:30 - 6:30 pm SUT 2.114

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Moore, Steven A. Moore, Steven A.