Course Description :

Achieving global sustainability is an urgent and almost overwhelming challenge given the rapidly expanding needs of a growing global population compounded by the effects of climate change. There is increasing recognition of the need to use a systems approach when assessing and enhancing sustainability. The course therefore focuses on sustainability as a systems-level problem involving coupled complex systems.

Specific Course Objectives :
  • Apply system dynamics models to solve problems of environmental sustainability
  • Quantify simple economic systems using input-output techniques and integrate with life-cycle assessment
  • Evaluate and select renewable energy systems
  • Solve conventional environmental problems using whole-system design
  • Describe the concept of emergence and apply simple agent-based models to socio-environmental systems
  • Simulate and integrate simple socio-environmental systems
Course Prerequisite :
Graduate Level
Hours & Credits :
3H, 3C
Semester Offered :
Course Comment :
Conjoint with CEE 4134