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?
- To understand the concept of sustainable development.
- To review the challenge of moving toward sustainable development in
industrial and developing nations.
Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)
- Read the
(Print text for offline
- Take the
Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
- 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:
- Social Comments
- Knowledge-building Comments
- Ethical Comments
- Unit Problem to Ponder:
Depletion of global supplies of fossil fuels is not condemned by the
philosophy of the Presidents Council on Sustainability, Why not?
- Unit exam questions
from previous years
- Unit discussions from previous years, available from
the current online