Ecological Living

In this course, we examine the relationship between humans and nature. We learn how natural laws apply to humans, the importance of nature to humans, and how humans affect nature. We will focus on cities, sustainability, and the consumption of natural resources.

Week Lecture updated: 181030  
9/11 Introduction Syllabus
Undergraduate
2 credits
9/18 Film: The Age of Stupid
Fermi Paradox
TUE 10:20-12:10
Room LAN110
9/25 Scientific Method
   Lecture Notes
 
10/2 Climate Change, Habitat Destruction & Extinction I Earth's CO2 in 2006
Global temperatures 1880-2015
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum 1979-2015
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum 2016
   Video   
10/9 Climate Change, Habitat Destruction & Extinction II Earth's CO2 in 2006
Global temperatures 1880-2015
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum 1979-2015
Arctic Sea Ice Minimum 2016
   Video  
10/16 Hypotheses & Methods    
10/23 Climate Change, Habitat Destruction & Extinction III
Homework: Ecological Footprint
Calculate Ecological Footprint
Data Sheets due BEFORE 10/28

Ecological Footprint Results
Carbon Calculator
   (kid-based)
Carbon Calculator
   (Easy, UK-biased)
Carbon Calculator
   (Very Detailed, has Chinese Version)   
10/30 Climate Change, Habitat Destruction & Extinction IV  
11/6 MIDTERM EXAM
Your ecological Footprints
Quiz Questions   
11/13 Transportation Film: Power of Community
Draft of Proposal PPT
due BEFORE 11/18
  
11/20 Ecological Economics I
Conventional Economics
Proposal Presenttions:
   Group 1 Money
   Group 2 Showers
   Group 3 Dorm Electricity
   Group 4 Drinks
   Group 5 Tablewaer
   Group 6 Plam Oil
   Group 8 Grabage
   Group 9 Washing & Drying Clothes
due BEFORE
Project Data
Lab: Garbage Pick up
Lab: Garbage Sorting
   Data Sheet: Garbage Sorting
11/27 Ecological Economics II  
12/4 Design for the future
Keep Cool
   Life without AC I
   Life without AC II
   Keeping cool in India
Sanitation
Natural Disasters
Project PPT Due
  Email PPT and DOC
12/11 Economics vs Conservation
  Super Typhoon Mysak
  CoconutCarryingOctopus1
  CoconutCarryingOctopus2
  CoconutCarryingOctopus3
  Coral Bleaching
FINAL Project PPT Due
  Email PPT & DOC


Litterbug
12/18 Project Presentations
Group 1    Group 2
Group 3    Group 4
Group 5
Survey Results & review
Due at beginning of class:
    printed PPT
    printed DOC
    ALL original data sheets
12/25 No Class: Christmas Holiday  
1/1 No CLASS - Holiday
 
1/8 FINAL EXAM Extra Credit
Quiz questions (since midterm exam) 

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