Theory and Practice of Sustainability



Course Overview

Theories and practices of sustainability explored with application to the campus environment, including economic, social and environmental factors, and a local to global reach. The Duke campus is used as a case study to illustrate institutional practices including building design and operations, utility supply and consumption, carbon offsets design and calculation, transportation, water, sustainability education and communication, behavior change, waste production and recycling, and procurement. In a service-learning project, students might perform sustainability inventories and cost/benefit analyses, or gather behavior change data.

WATCH: Student's from the Fall 2017 course explore Duke's use of outdoor spaces as educational resources, citizen science programs, the wellness-sustainability connection, the Duke orchard design, post consumer waste in Duke dining, and more! Watch all the projects here.



More about the professor:

Charlotte Clark is current an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Sustainability Education and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs at Duke University. Charlotte's primary interest is the intersection of collective learning and collective action. She studies how environmental education can contribute to management of common pool resources, and how informal learning processes engage with behavior change for individuals and communities around environmental issues. She applies these concepts in work around campus sustainability, and leads the Education Subcommittee of Duke's Campus Sustainability Committee. She uses and teaches qualitative research methods, including use of qualitative research software.

Prior to completing her PhD, she worked for 5 years as the Director of the Center for Environmental Education in the Nicholas School, and for 12 years doing air pollution regulatory work under contract for the US EPA.

Charlotte’s areas of interest include environmental education, free-choice learning, sustainability education, qualitative research methods, collective action, community behavior, responsible environmental behavior, informal learning, food/environment intersection.

WATCH: A very fun video where professor Charlotte Clark explains why she loves her environmentally-friendly ELF and why participants should get excited to win one of their own:



WATCH: Charlotte Clark, Assistant Professor of the Practice, bleeds blue and lives green. Listen to her experience as a member of the Duke Environment community as part of the Nicholas School's I am Duke Environment social media campaign.



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