Course Code ENVS 205
Course Title Sustainability: The Future We Want
Online Offers
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructor: James Nugent)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course introduces students to the goals, principles, and practices of sustainability. Sustainability thinking, policies, and programs aim to increase and maintain human well-being by integrating or reconciling current social and economic goals (e.g., economic growth; poverty alleviation; gender inequality) with long-term environmental objectives (e.g., improved environmental quality; climate stability; biodiversity conservation; and managing resources to ensure future access). Case studies are used to illustrate solutions for realizing sustainability, emphasizing efforts underway for reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course assesses four intersecting and sometimes competing approaches for realizing sustainability: technological innovation; market-based approaches; state regulation and investment; and individual and collective ('grassroots') action. Key values underlying sustainability are explored, including notions of the "good life", democracy, social justice, and efficiency.

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Spring 2021 course outline (note 2)
  • Prerequisite: Level at least 2A or Sustainability and Financial Management students.
  • Antirequisite: ENVS 274 081 S19
System Requirements
  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
How to Register:
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How to Register:
Non-Waterloo Students
How to Apply - Prospective Students
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