Classroom: Interpretive Center MTWRF
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Jeremiason, NHS 106C, Office hours 9-10 or by appt
Hanson, Barry J. 2004. Energy Power Shift: Benefiting From Today’s new Technologies. Lakota Scientific Press.
Orr, David, W. 2005. The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror. Island Press.
Edwards, Andres R. 2005. The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift. New Society Publishers.
Additional readings will be placed on reserve or be available on the course web site.
Tuesday Overview of Environmental Issues
Wednesday Introduction to Sustainability Edwards, through Ch 2; Taking Sides
Issue 2 (on web); Pacific Institute
Water Issues – Waste Water Treatment
Choose articles for Friday presentations
Thursday Field trip to St. Peter Wastewater Treatment Plant; leave from IC at
Friday Sustainability Edwards 3-4; MN DNR and MN PCA web site readings
Water Issues in the
Topic Selection due
Monday Sustainability Edwards 5-6; Student Presentations
Tuesday Energy Basics Hanson 1-91
Wednesday Biodiesel and Ethanol background Hanson 93-146
Thursday Ethanol and Biodiesel Field Trips (Note: Leave early A.M., return late afternoon)
Friday Hanson 146-end
Monday Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology, Last Refuge Part 1
Tuesday Barry Hanson visit? Last Refuge Part II
Wednesday Waste Issues Last Refuge Part 1II
Thursday CERTs meeting in am
Friday Wind Energy
Monday Wind Energy
Tuesday Field Trip SW Minnesota – Wind Turbines (Note: Leave early A.M, return late afternoon)
Wednesday Student Presentations
Thursday Student Presentations
Friday Future of Sustainability
Memoranda (4): 20%
Group Project: 40%
Class participation: The success of this class depends upon your active engagement. Attendance at all lectures and field trips is required. Each unexcused absence results in a 1 letter grade decrease in your final grade. To get full credit for this portion of the grade you are encouraged to participate actively by engaging in group work in class, by raising questions and debating issues both in class and on the field trips.
Memorandums: After each site visit, you are to write a two-page (or longer), double-spaced, memorandum summarizing the content of the site visit, and your reactions to it. Begin by describing the project(s) you visited, the purpose of the project, the technologies used, the parties involved in the project. Then, offer your own evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the project(s). Then offer your personal reactions to the site visit. What recommendations would you offer? How do the issues raised on the field trip relate to the readings and lectures? What questions does the field trip raise for you?
Final Project: Working in groups, you will prepare a data-intensive analysis of an environmental issue related to the topics of the course. Projects will be presented to the class during the last week. See web site for further guidelines