Sustainability Certificate Capstone

A capstone course is required of all sustainability certificate students. Each semester, you will have several capstones from which to choose.

About the capstone experience

The capstone experience is intended to:

In class assignments, you will be asked to reflect on the challenges you face, including anything from assessments of personal learning and growth to accounts of the challenges of accumulating and interpreting data and formulating conclusions. You can expect clear guidance and regular feedback from your instructor.

At the end of the semester, all students enrolled in a Env ST 600 capstone offered through the Nelson Institute will take part in the Capstone Showcase Presentation. This is a lively and enjoyable event for all capstone students in the Nelson Institute, scheduled during the exam period for Environmental Studies 600. Refreshments are served!

Spring 2018 Capstone Courses

Env St 600, Section 003

Urban Food Systems and the Environment

Professor Monica White
Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Healthy soils play an important role in urban "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.

Envr St/Soil Sci 575

Assessment of Environmental Impact

Professor Stephen Ventura
Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:50 - 9:40 a.m.
Dicussion: Wednesdays, 12:05 - 2:10 p.m.

Overview of methods for collecting and analyzing information about environmental impacts on agricultural and natural resources, including monitoring the physical environment and relating impacts to people and society.

RE 651

Green-Sustainable Real Estate Development

Professor Tom Landgraf
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:25 - 3:45 p.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
  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.

More information

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