Sustainability Courses

Sustainability

SUST 123: Introduction to Sustainable Communities (3)

Cross-listed as IND 123. Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Students will be introduced to economic, environmental and social sustainability, and evaluate local communities on sustainable characteristics. Research will be reviewed on model sustainable communities: locally, nationally and internationally. Students will visit exemplary sites in Buffalo and participate in community meetings and lectures. Offered As Needed. (UG)

SUST 140: Sustainability Design Seminar I (3)

First of annual seminars taken by students in the Global and Local Sustainability major. The seminar introduces students to the process of approaching community problems as a team to seek sustainable solutions. From identifying the problems through community conversations and to communicating possible solutions, seminar students will apply the process to real-world issues. The first seminar will introduce the design process to identifying community problems and developing their solutions. Seminar projects will typically address campus-wide problems or work within one of the three neighborhoods where Daemen's Center for Sustainable Communities has established programs and relationships. Some field trips will be scheduled outside of class meeting time. Offered each year (Spring). (UG)

SUST 240: Sustainability Design Seminar II (3)

Second in annual seminars taken by students in the Global and Local Sustainability major. The seminar introduces students to the process of approaching community problems as a team to seek sustainable solutions. From identifying the problems through community conversations and to communicating possible solutions, seminar students will apply the process to real-world issues. This second seminar will introduce research methods appropriate for community assessment. Seminar projects will typically address campus-wide problems or work within one of the three neighborhoods where Daemen's Center for Sustainable Communities has established programs and relationships. Some field trips will be scheduled outside of class meeting time. Prerequisite: SUST 140 or permission of the instructor. Offered each year (Spring). (UG)

SUST 304: Conservation Biology (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration;Civic Responsibility; Moral and Ethical Discernment. Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as BIO 304. An interdisciplinary science course that combines theory and applied research to address the problems of widespread loss of biological and genetic diversity. Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 109 and BIO 110, and CMP 101. Lecture, 3 hours. Offered Alternate Years (Spring). (UG)

SUST 310: Global Water Issues (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Information Literacy; Contextual Integration. Cross-listed as ENS 310. This course investigates the environmental, technological and health-related issues associated with the availability and quality of water worldwide. Case studies of global water problems will highlight these water problems in the context of socioeconomic and politicial issues. Prerequisite: BIO 100, BIO 110, ENS 201, or Permission of Instructor. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 322: Alternative and Renewable Energy Issues (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving. Cross-listed as IND 322. This course will introduce students to the history of energy use, different energy technologies available and under development, as well as discuss the role of governmental policies and funding in promoting new technologies. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 326: Green Buildings (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Cross-listed as IND 326. This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of green building design through the use of Daemen's buildings as experimental laboratories. The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system will be used as a guide to investigate and discuss construction site selection and protection, building energy-efficient features, water conservation strategies, indoor environmental quality and materials and resources used in buildings. Prerequisites: MTH 124. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 338: Food and Agriculture Issues (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Cross-listed as IND 338. The course integrates the science associated with food production with the social and economic issues influencing food production, distribution, safety and policy. Current and future use of sustainable practices in agriculture and food distribution will be discussed. (Sponsored by the BA Global and Local Sustainability program.) Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 340: Sustainability Design Seminar III (3)

Third in annual seminars taken by students in the Global and Local Sustainability major. The seminar introduces students to the process of approaching community problems as a team to seek sustainable solutions. From identifying the problems through community conversations and to communicating possible solutions, seminar students will apply the process to real-world issues. This third seminar will emphasize qualitative and quantitative methods in data analysis, oral and visual presentation, peer critique, and communication styles for different audiences. Seminar projects will typically address campus-wide problems or work within one of the three neighborhoods where Daemen's Center for Sustainable Communities has established programs and relationships. Some field trips will be scheduled outside of class meeting time. Prerequisite: SUST 240 or permission of the instructor. Offered each year (Spring). (UG)

SUST 344: Sustainable Business Practices (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration; Moral and Ethical Discernment. Cross-listed as IND 344. This course will introduce the concepts of sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. Sustainable business is a paradigm shift from a management style of maximizing profit at any cost. Sustainable business aims to restore and maintain environmental quality and develop social equity, while pursuing long term profitability. (Sponsored by the BA Global and Local Sustainability program.) Prerequisites: Sophomore status or permission of instructor. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 351: Urban Planning and Community Development (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Civic Responsibility. Cross-listed as IND 351. This course will introduce the theories of urban design, history of urban development, decline and rebirth, and the roles that all stakeholders play in developing sustainable communities. Prerequisites: Sophomore status. Offered as Needed. (UG)

SUST 440: Sustainability Design Seminar IV (3)

Fourth in annual seminars taken by students in the Global and Local Sustainability major. The seminar introduces students to the process of approaching community problems as a team to seek sustainable solutions. From identifying the problems through community conversations and to communicating possible solutions, seminar students will apply the process to real-world issues. This fourth seminar will emphasize leadership skills in facilitating community change. Seminar projects will typically address campus-wide problems or work within one of the three neighborhoods where Daemen's Center for Sustainable Communities has established programs and relationships. Some field trips will be scheduled outside of class meeting time. Prerequisite: SUST 340 or permission of the instructor. Offered each year (Spring). (UG)

SUST 443: Capstone Research in Sustainability (3)

The capstone course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of sustainability, apply these to a community research project and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Capstone research projects may result from previous community work in the Sustainable Design seminars, other coursework or Study Abroad experiences. (UG)