The Theory and Practice of Sustainability


WATCH: In Spring 2019, Henry Kohn, Esmeralda Figueras, Julia Kemper, Sam Ditesheim and Raines Shamburger partnered with Duke Dining and Duke Farm to produce a video for Theory & Practice of Sustainability (ENVIRON 245). The video combines humor with facts and resources to educate viewers about composting at Duke. Watch all the projects here.

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. Instructor: Clark


Cross-Listed as
Bass Connections course.

Curriculum Codes
  • EI
  • R
  • STS
  • NS
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • SUSTAIN 245
Typically Offered
Fall Only