Featured Spring Courses in Sustainability and the Environment

November 16, 2018

Want to make an impact in your local community or around the world? In our courses, you can learn to develop practices, technologies, and systems that bring sound solutions to today’s most pressing environmental and societal challenges.

Note: Some courses have limited space and fill quickly. Act early to save your seat!

From Farm to Fork: Food, Sustainability, and the Global Environment

From Farm to Fork: Food, Sustainability, and the Global Environment

Explore the development of our modern food production and distribution system and its effects on our environment and planet. This course covers topics such as agricultural and food policy, industrialization and factory farming, and the role of technology in food production. You will learn the methodologies and skills needed to critically assess the sustainability of various food products and practices.

Format: On campus or online

Taught by: Gary Adamkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Zero Energy and Passive Buildings

Zero Energy and Passive Buildings

In this course, get a comprehensive exploration of zero energy and passive buildings, from energy sourcing to policy to financing. Gain an understanding of zero energy practices for residential, commercial, and institutional scales. You will also explore the benefits and challenges of zero energy, as well as the value it can have in advancing security, resilience, and survivability.

Format: On campus or online

Taught by: Paul Ormond, MS, Efficiency Engineer at Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future

Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future

Learn the evolution of the modern energy system, from reliance on fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) to the harnessing of energy from wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. In this course, you examine the energy related problems we confront today—particularly air pollution and climate change—and discuss solutions for a more sustainable future.

Format: On campus or online

Taught by: Xinyu Chen, PhD, Research Associate in Environmental Health and Engineering at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University

Introduction to the Circular Economy

Introduction to the Circular Economy

In this course, you learn about the circular economy, an emerging economic philosophy that aims to develop an economic model that is restorative and regenerative by design. Understand the impacts of the current linear economic approach and envision a future of economic growth that reduces the negative consequences of resource consumption.

Format: Live web conference

Taught by: Carrie S. Snyder, MBA, Consultant

Human Health and Global Environmental Change

Human Health and Global Environmental Change

As human activity changes the atmosphere, it is altering ecosystems on a global scale. In this course, you examine the consequences of these global changes on human health. Understand the relationship between the environment and our health and explore solutions for a safer, sustainable future.

Format: Online

Taught by:

  • Aaron Bernstein, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Codirector of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health;
  • Jonathan Buonocore, ScD, Research Associate of Environmental Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Interested in taking a course in the spring?

Registration for spring courses is open through January 27. Learn how to register

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Spring course registration is open through January 27. Interested in a 3-week January session course? Register by December 19. You can browse the course catalog.