Fall 2012 Sustainable London
The program will explore core concepts such as the definitions and need for sustainability, life cycle assessments, water and carbon footprints, and sustainable policy using the UK and Europe as the backdrop.
The UK and Europe have been at the forefront of the sustainability movement, and London provides an ideal location to study the implementation of sustainability. London was recently designated as a "2020 Global Sustainability Center" in an analysis performed by the Ethisphere Institute (an environmental think tank) that rated cities on environmental planning, health, transportation, regulatory framework, and education.
Similarly, Grist (an environmentally focused news organization) designated London as one of the top 10 greenest cities in the world based on its aggressive plans to reduce its carbon footprint (60% by 2025) and increase the amount of local renewable energy by 25% within that same time frame. We plan to explore the policies that have led to sustainable development in London and the UK, and tour the structures implemented to achieve their sustainable goals. These sites will expose students to examples of sustainable development not existing in the United States. We also are planning field trips to other sustainable cities in the UK and to Oslo and Copenhagen, two cities at the forefront of the sustainability movement
Professor Matthew Higgins
Professor Thomas Kinnaman
162 Coleman Hall