Sustainability Certificate Capstone

A capstone course is required of all students seeking to meet the old structure of the sustainability certificate. (note that this option exists only for students who enrolled in the certificate prior to September 1st 2018). For spring 2019, students will have several capstones from which to choose.

Spring 2019 Capstone Courses

Inter-Ag 471:

Food Production System and Sustainability

Michel Wattiaux
Tue/Thurs, 4:00-5:15p.m.

This trans-disciplinary course delves into aspects of biological, social, and agricultural sciences underpinning the assessment of food production systems as related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The course is structured to offer students a capstone experience. After engaging students in an example multidisciplinary case-study of milk carbon foot-print, instructors will guide students through the development of their own food production and climate change case-study research projects culminating with students creating multi-media web-pages, giving audio-visual presentations, and (for grad students) writing a peer-review style article. Students will engage in collaborative projects with people from disparate disciplinary paradigms.


Envir St 600 capstone:

Urban Food Systems and the Environment

Monica White
Tuesdays, 2:25-4:55 p.m.

This course will examine the relationship between food systems and the environment and allow students to identify a project of interest that they will develop from a research question to data collection and analysis. We will pay particular attention to the social, political and environmental impacts of local food movements. In an effort to examine community responses to food insecurity, students will explore the food landscape from production (i.e. agriculture) to distribution and participate in community service activities, like work at a community gardening project. Students will also meet with and interview local residents and stakeholders in the urban agricultural movement in Madison.


Envir St 600 capstone:

Environmental Justice: Land, Water and Food

Monica White
Wednesdays, 2:25-4:55 p.m.

This course will explore several environmental justice movements for land, water and food. Students will select a specific organization of their own interest and apply social movement theories, for example, resource mobilization, political process model, and others, in order to examine the conditions under which a community responds to environmental concerns that impact access to and quality of land, water and food.


Real Estate 651:

Green Sustainable Development

Tom Landgraf
Tue/Thur 2:25-3:45p.m.

This course is intended for students who have an interest in: 1) neighborhood planning associated with green and sustainable concepts, 2) the development of commercial and residential buildings incorporating green and sustainable features, 3) urban infill and neighborhood redevelopment, 4) the rehabilitation of existing single and multifamily housing, 5) redevelopment of historic buildings into housing, 6) Green -Sustainable building concepts, and 7) related special topics such as financing sources, tax issues, accounting concepts, financial structuring, legal issues and portfolio management. The course will acquaint you with both the approach, and the necessary tools such as financing, government programs and regulations, that a successful developer will need to understand in order to succeed. The course is designed for both real estate majors and students from related disciplines. The class will engage in a number of real time development projects to give students practical experience in various development activities. The class will participate in the University Alliance - UniverCity Year program with a focus on both Green and Dane County project sites.

More information

Contact Ann Terlaak and use the subject line "INFO REQUEST: SUSTAINABILITY CAPSTONE".