Sustainability Certificate Capstone

A capstone course is required of all students seeking to meet the current structure of the sustainability certificate. For fall 2018, students will have several captsones from which to choose.

Fall 2018 Capstone Courses

Env St 600, Section 003

Capstone in Soil and Water Management

Professors Nick Balster and Steve Ventura
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
12:05-12:55 p.m.
Meets with Soil Sci 499

Healthy soils play an important role in "green infrastructure," helping infiltrate storm water, supporting open space for aesthetics and recreation, providing opportunities for local food production and other ecosystem services. Careful management of soil is critical to sustaining these services, including biophysical, social, and economic management tools. This class will engage in observations and analyses of urban soil characteristics and functions, and provide recommendations for improving the long term stewardship of this valuable resource.

INTEREGR 601, Section 002

Interdisciplinary Design for Energy and Sustainability (IDEAS

Professor Scott Williams (Wisconsin Energy Institute)
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15, Thursdays, 1:00 -3:00

Interdisciplinary teams will design a device or system that solves an energy sustainability problem proposed by a real-world client or identified through background research. No previous design experience is necessary, and all majors are welcome. Lectures and labs address energy systems, sustainability in design, working in teams, design process, analysis techniques, and oral and written communication.

EnvirSt 402, Sec 005/ Agronomy 375, Sec 001

Systems Thinking

Professors Rob Beattie and Molly Jahn
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Have you ever thought about fixing global warming? Have you wondered how ideas of human rights develop and spread? Do you want to promote an environmentally sustainable campus or business? Then you need to take this course! It turns out that complex systems are at the root of many of our most pressing problems and largest opportunities.This class will give you practical tools and strategies you can use to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Students will be given direct experience with the concepts and practices used to define and analyze systems, and learn to use systems thinking tools to describe, assess, understand, and manage complex systems from local to global scales. The course will consider a range of topics including systems science, complexity and behavior of complex adaptive systems, networks, and patterns of organization.

More information

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