As the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), we are particularly interested in helping people influence and mobilize decision-making towards more sustainable forms of development. To affect meaningful and lasting change, this form of leadership needs to come from all sectors and a wide-range of professions, disciplines, cultures, and ideologies, because sustainability challenges occur at the nexus of economic, ecological, and social systems. Through our engagement, research, graduate and professional education programs, CLiGS builds capacity within individuals to be agents of change from within their organizations, communities, professions, and networks to strategically intervene and transform systems. At the core of the practices and strategies CLiGS is advancing is collaboration and leadership for sustainable development.
- How can CLiGS become an innovation community?
- Transboundary Resource Partnerships, or the International Society of Cat Herding
- How to Build Relationships in Response to Environmental Opportunities
- Climate Change: A Call to Action for Engineering & Design Professionals
- Why is Collective Impact Important for the Chesapeake Bay?
- Why should philanthropists care about the environment?
- How Can Landscape Architects Lead Sustainable Development?
- Reflections on XMNR experience in China on Coca-Cola Journeys
NR 5014 Constructing Sustainability (3 credits)
This course examines the science, policy and practice of sustainability and sustainable development in a global context. We will examine the history, current status and future prospects of sustainability and sustainable development from economic, social and ecological perspectives. In the past several decades, sustainability and sustainable development have gained status in political, scientific, business, religious and cultural institutions and are now guiding principles that frame and shape public policy and private practice at multiple scales. While these concepts are well‐established in many communities and cultures worldwide, they have only recently emerged as prominent features in the mainstream of contemporary popular culture throughout global society. This interdisciplinary course encourages students to consider how they can engage science, policy, professional and civic institutions in constructing sustainability.
NR 5194 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
A critical examination of the ethical dimensions of the embedded social, economic, and cultural constructs that shape both the causes and consequences of environmental problems. There is often a desire to oversimplify both the roots of current environmental crises as well as the possible responses; however, these issues are incredibly complex, in moral as well as in economic, political, and biological terms. This course puts the tension in context by examining diverse challenges, such as: overconsumption, pollution, resource conflicts, carrying capacity, food production, climate change, and environmental disaster through a philosophical lens. A special emphasis on responsibility and accountability will be used as a framework for analysis, asking questions about how to consider future generations, human/non-human relationships, and the impact of particular world-views on our ability to create a sustainable and secure future. Critical questions about implications for justice and equality will be included in the discussion. Finally, the course will assess both mainstream and alternative political methods of addressing environmental issues.
NR 5884 Changing Environmental Values (3 credits)
People value the natural environment for many reasons, and many intellectual ideas serve as the basis for an environmental ethic. Additionally, values and ethics change over time, influenced by diverse factors, including culture, economic conditions, and popular discourse. These values and ethics are important in determining how we ultimately relate to and manage our natural environment. Students will: 1) explore the range of global environmental values and ethics; 2) analyze how differences in values and ethics inform how environmental issues are addressed; and 3) examine strategies for communicating across difference in environmental values.
- Kimberly Coleman
- Offered: Summer I (12 weeks)
NR 5884 Communication & Influence (3 credits)
Communication is a discipline that’s important for every field and function, but it’s particularly critical for sustainability professionals, who work with countless stakeholders across a variety of sectors. This course introduces the field of environmental communication, including historical contexts, public participation, media, risk communication, and conflict management. Students will also explore their own communication strengths and opportunities, through the lenses of personal awareness, interpersonal connection, building trust, influence and persuasion, framing a message, and creating a shared context and vision.
NR 5884 Environmental Forensics (3 credits)*NEW* Students in this skills-based course will collect, examine, and analyze information about current environmental challenges to develop research, critical thinking, and communication skills applicable to a variety of resource-related professions. Students gain a more nuanced and holistic competence in handling environmental and sustainability topic components, such as: stakeholders goals, expectations, and behaviors; identification of cross-sector and confounding factors; and evaluating the effectiveness of existing response efforts.
NR 5884 International Environmental Law & Policy (3 credits)
International environmental law has been perhaps the most dynamic sector of international law over the past 30 years, growing from a mere handful of agreements 30 years ago, focused primarily on pollution of the marine environment and the conservation of migratory birds and marine mammals, to over 700 agreements today, addressing a multitude of serious environmental issues, including depletion of the climate change, ozone layer, regulation of trade in endangered species and prevention of transboundary air pollution. Additionally, there has been steadily increasing impetus for expanding the purview of international environmental law, including causes of action for transboundary environmental harm and recognition of the rights of future generations to a healthy environment. This course will seek to provide an overview of the status of international environmental law in the 21st Century, including the sources of international law, mechanisms to assess and facilitate implementation of and compliance with international environmental law, and assessment of effectiveness of international environmental law and methods to enhance its effectiveness.
- Jennifer Wills
- Offered: Fall, Spring
NR 5884 Sustainability Case Studies (3 credits)
Those of us who are passionate about the environment and sustainability issues often think first about solving problems in far corners of the globe. Examining our own neighborhoods, cities, and regions, can provide insights into the challenges of sustainability on a global scale. Each student will investigate the place where s/he lives and use the information gathered to develop a case study illustrating an important aspect of sustainability. This class provides opportunities to: learn from and draw upon insights from the perspectives and experiences of fellow students and to practice creative thinking, writing, and research skills as we analyze their communities’ connection and interaction with natural resource systems, such as water, food and agriculture, climate, and energy.
NR 5884 Transboundary Resource Management (3 credits)
*NEW* Boundaries are created by humans to define ownership, sovereignty, and jurisdiction, as well as to confer rights, responsibilities, and accountability at all levels—individual, local, regional, national, and international. However, natural resource systems do not conform to and are not contained by political, cultural, and economic boundaries, causing conflicts of varying scale. This course examines transboundary resource management through diverse lenses: global markets; state power; transnational communication and transportation systems; logistics and supply systems; resource royalties; and increasingly sophisticated and complicated international and transnational legal structures. Students will improve critical and creative thinking skills, as well as gain a more nuanced understanding of cultural, social, geographic, and political contexts.