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Waste materials are an often unavoidable by-product of most human activity. Rapid economic growth, urbanization, and increasing population have resulted in an increase in resource consumption, and consequent generation of large amounts of waste. This course provides an overview of current waste and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
In this course we focus on the role of transportation in the US economy, as well as what advancements are occurring on a global level that could help shape the face of passenger and goods transport in the near future. While course lectures and assigned readings help provide a general overview of...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
Even as we recognize that human well-being depends on the natural environment, we are experiencing unprecedented environmental challenges largely as a consequence of unsustainable interactions with nature. We are increasingly putting our well-being at risk through the unintended environmental...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course communicates to students the knowledge they need to carry out sustainability actions in their organizations. Background information on sustainability is used to provide students with a clear understanding of climate change. The course has a focus topic of the week such as lighting,...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
At the completion of this course, students will have an understanding of different built environments and human energy expenditure in those environments. As two examples, parks provide mental and social benefits but many park users have low human energy expenditure (sports spectators, slow walkers...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Season: Fall
This course investigates how genetically engineered plants can be used to produce human medicines, foods with improved nutrition, and crops resistant to environmental challenges. We assess a variety of scientific approaches to create a genetically modified organism (GMO), including introducing...
Research Areas: Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Spring
This course is a geologic and environmental treatment of the materials used in everyday life. We discuss how these materials are obtained from Earth, what the sustainability impacts are, how much energy is involved, what possible impacts on human health occur from using these materials, and how we...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
As human population grows, our collective influence is becoming an almost ubiquitous feature in the natural world, and the marine environment is no exception. Presently, more than fifty percent of the global human population lives within 120 miles of a coastline, exerting tremendous pressure on...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School:
Season: Fall
The broad goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of key sectoral and thematic knowledge for important challenges to sustainable development including food and nutritional security, social service delivery, energy policy, water resource management, urbanization,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Business, Law and Policy, Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition, Human Health, Social Sciences
School: Harvard Extension School
Season: Fall
This introductory course introduces students to geospatial data, methods, and tools used for the study of global environmental change. Growing concern about human impact on the environment has led to the development of new observation and analysis tools to tackle and monitor types, magnitudes, and...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School:
Season: Fall
This class will investigate how humans engage with their environing worlds (and each other) in the context of energy exploration, production, consumption and distribution.  Drawing from a range of energy ethnographies (e.g. fracking, nuclear power, clean energy, the commodities market, etc.),...
Research Areas: Social Sciences
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Seminar course investigating recent advances in structural geology and exploration geophysics with applications in earthquake science and the energy industry. Specific topics vary each year offered.
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring, Fall
An overview of the Earth's energy and material resources, including conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear fuels, alternative/renewable energy resources, metals, and other industrial materials. The course emphasizes the geologic and environmental factors that dictate the availability...
Research Areas: Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
Fundamental concepts and formalisms of conservation of energy and increase of entropy as applied to natural and engineered environmental and biological systems. Pedagogical approach is to start with real-world observations and applications, extracting the underlying fundamentals of thermodynamics...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
An introduction to the deformation of Earth materials, including the processes of mountain building and plate tectonics, faulting and earthquakes, folding, and ductile deformation. Structures are examined using geologic maps, balanced cross sections, seismic reflection data, satellite imagery,...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
A comprehensive study of the major carbon-containing gases in the atmosphere (CO2 and CH4), emphasizing biogeochemical processes in the oceans, land and atmosphere that regulate their global abundances, plus the human-controlled processes and multiple feedbacks that perturb them. Roles in energy...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Fundamental concepts and formalisms of conservation of energy and increase of entropy as applied to natural and engineered environmental and biological systems. Pedagogical approach is to start with real-world observations and applications, extracting the underlying fundamentals of thermodynamics...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity, Energy
School: Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Season: Spring
This course examines how natural and anthropogenic changes in the earth system are affecting the composition and the functioning of the world's land and ocean ecosystems. Topics include: the ecological impacts of natural and anthropogenic changes in the earth's physical environment, and the effects...
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
This course will apply the tools of political economy to the study of environmental policymaking, both in the United States and around the world.  How are different interests represented in the creation and implementation of environmental policy?  What makes some countries more active on...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Wildlife, vegetation, soil, air, water, and aquatic ecosystems, together with their human uses, are related to the distinctive, especially spatial, attributes of suburban and urban landscapes. Topics addressed with ecological emphasis include: urban region; suburbanization, growth and sprawl;...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Through the lens of climate change, this foundation course surveys the intellectual development of resilience and adaptation in the social, natural and applied sciences. Through a critical reading and analysis of central bodies of literature, students are provided a conceptual and empirical basis...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Climate change presents a range of complex challenges for urban planning and design. This class will explore the conditions planners face in response to the material and social impacts of climate-impacted places – sea level rise, extreme weather events, intensified conflicts over water rights,...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
Stable isotope systems serve as one of our most powerful tools in reconstructing both Earth History and environmental/climatic change over nearly all timescales.  These isotope systems are driven by basic physical chemical principles that if understood, allow even more to be drawn from core...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Research Areas: Climate, Ecology and Biodiversity
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Fall
Energy is a critical component of every dimension of human society. It is an essential input for economic development, transportation, and agriculture, and it shapes national and international policies in the environmental, national security, and technology arenas. IGA-410 introduces students to...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy, Energy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
This is an advanced research seminar on selected topics in environmental and resource economics. Emphasizes theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications. Includes presentations by invited outside speakers. Students prepare critiques of presented papers and...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
Can the Paris Agreement help reduce climate change?  Will the WTO prevent a new trade war?  Does international human rights law actually contribute to improvement in human rights, and if so under what conditions?  Can we use international law to build better norms to limit cyber war? How can we use...
Research Areas: Business, Law and Policy
School: Harvard Kennedy School
Season: Fall
Human activity is changing the atmosphere and altering terrestrial and marine ecosystems on a global scale for the first time in history. Evidence is mounting that these changes may already be having serious effects on human health, and there is growing concern that in coming decades the effects...
Research Areas: Human Health
School: Harvard Medical School
Season: Spring
This course is the third of four modules (6121, 6122, 6125, & 6125) and constitutes part of the core curriculum in architecture and the Master of Design in Energy and Environments. Objective: The best intent does not always lead to the best performing design, as intuition and rules of thumb...
Research Areas: Architecture and Environmental Design
School: Graduate School of Design
Season: Spring
We will study the evidence in the climate record for dramatic changes in the climate system and delve into how these challenge our understanding of climate dynamics.  Case studies will include the dim early sun paradox, the Snowball Earth, Equable Climates, Glacial/Interglacial and Stadial/...
Research Areas: Climate
School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Season: Spring

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