March 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

Faculty Team-Teach Introduction to Sustainability Course

The Sustainability Studies theme is offering a new Introduction to Sustainability course (CAS 1415) this spring semester. The course introduces students to sustainability concepts, issues, and trends from the local to the global levels.

The course is team taught by Dr. Nancy Manring in Political Science, Dr. Kelly Johnson in Biological Sciences, Dr. Dina Lopez in Geological Sciences, and Dr. Edna Wangui in Geography. The faculty team was assembled from the natural and social sciences in order to model the inter-relationships between the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability.

Sustainability Studies logoThe goal of the course is to provide students with opportunities to explore the interrelationships between biophysical limits, human welfare, and social justice. Students investigate global sustainability problems including global warming, loss of biodiversity, and access to freshwater, as well as real-world solutions to sustainability challenges. Closer to home, students studied the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and shared ideas for enhancing campus sustainability with Annie Laurie Cadmus, Director of Sustainability at Ohio University.

Students enrolled in the course will share their final group projects on “Sustainable Solutions” with the university and Athens community in late April. CAS 1415 will be offered again fall semester, 2015.

For more information contact Manring, Sustainable Studies theme leader, at or at

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