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EVSP312 - Introduction to Sustainability

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP312 Course ID: 4261 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will introduce students to the principles of environmental sustainability. Students will explore various aspects of sustainability, including energy use, industrial processes, waste generation and disposal, and the built environment. As part of the focus on solutions, the course will introduce students to tools society can use to attain and implement sustainable practices, such as policy, law, education and communication, marketing, research advocacy, and international agreements and collaboration.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1 Explain the principles of resource sustainability.
  • LO-2 List examples of sustainable practices in industrial, waste generation and disposal, and construction applications.
  • LO-3 Explain society’s dependence on fossil fuel and traditional energy sources.
  • LO-4 Explain the use of education, communication, and marketing as tools to implement sustainable practices.
  • LO-5 Evaluate policies, regulation, and law as mechanisms to implement sustainable practices on the national and global scale.
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 3.00 %
Week 2 3.00 %
Week 3 3.00 %
Week 4 3.00 %
Week 5 3.00 %
Week 6 3.00 %
Week 7 3.00 %
Week 8 3.00 %
Assignments 55.00 %
Assignment 1: Web site visit 1 11.00 %
Assignment 2: Lab 1 11.00 %
Assignment 3: Draft Proposal 11.00 %
Assignment 4: Lab 2 11.00 %
Assignment 5: Website Visit 2 11.00 %
Final Proposal 21.00 %
Final Proposal 21.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost (check out the Resource Center in the classroom or find it in the Library)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Our Common Journey : A Transition Toward Sustainability - Online link provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780309086387
Publication Info:National Academies Press
Author:National Research Council
Unit Cost:$63.69
Book Title:Plan B 4.0 : Mobilizing to Save Civilization - Online link provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780393337198
Author:Brown, Lester R.
Unit Cost:$16.93
Book Title:Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives - Online link provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780309137928
Author:National Research Council
Unit Cost:$34.38
Book Title:Drama of the Commons - Online link provided inside the classroom
ISBN:9780309082501
Publication Info:National Academies Press
Author:Stern, Paul C. / Weber, Elke U. (Eds.) / National Research Council
Unit Cost:$42.62

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.