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Introduction to Climate Change/Sustainability Through Land Use Policy

EV128/EV260

Block 5: Miroslav Kummel

Block 6: Phil Kannan

This two-block course fulfills the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World and theCritical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirements.

EV 128- Introduction to Climate Change

The goal of this course is for you to develop solid understanding of basic components of the earth climate “machine”, the nature of human influence on the climate system, the geologic and historical climate records, climate modeling and future projections as well as the impact of changing climate on biota, policy, economics, international affairs. The ethical and philosophical dimension of climate change will also be addressed. Our goal is for you to learn to think about global climate change from a “whole system perspective”. This is a demanding course but you will learn a lot of fascinating information as well as have fun doing science in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

EV260- Sustainability through Land Use Policy

Sustainability is a systems-based approach to improving (for both the present and future generations) (1) the environment, (2) the economy, and (3) society.  A government’s land use policies impact all three of these “pillars of sustainability” by determining development patterns.  In this course we will explore major land use policies, their impacts on sustainability, and possible innovations in land use policy that can lead to a more secure future.  We will consider such questions as: How can land use policies mitigate global climate change and the harm it causes?  How can land use policies promote the social and economic development within a community and at the same time reduce air pollution and habitat destruction?

A set of linked, one-block courses that must be taken together, with one instructor in each block; separate grades.

Details:

This course serves as a gateway to the Environmental Science and Environmental Policy majors.

• This course fulfills major prerequisites in EV integrated science and EV policy (1 unit).

• Class will be held for an additional hour every afternoon in Block 5 to cover special topics in climate change. There will be a few afternoon meetings in Block 6.

• No prerequisites necessary (beyond basic fluency in algebra).

• Class will involve one overnight field trip in Block 5, either to Pikes Peak (treeline/snow hydrology) or to Denver/Boulder (Ice core lab/NCAR/NOAA).