3-11: Sustainable Development

Importance of this Unit to the Course

We have seen in previous units on population, energy consumption, and the carbon cycle that our current rate of total global energy consumption cannot be sustained without significant changes to our global environment. So what needs to be done to develop policies and practices of energy and material use that are sustainable?


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review.)
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading