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.

Fall 2019 Capstone Courses

Agronomy 375:

Section 001/Env St 402, Section 005: Systems Thinking

Professors Robert 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.


Pop Hlth/Envir St 560:

Health Impact Assessment of Global Environmental Change

Professor Jonathan Patz
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Covers contemporary methods of impact assessment in a framework to address global environmental health threats (e.g., global climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, and urban sprawl). Issues dovetail well (but do not overlap) with Introduction to Environmental Health.


Envir 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 sustainable resources management, helping infiltrate storm water, supporting open space for aesthetics and recreation, providing opportunities for local food production, providing media for waste management, and other ecosystem services. Careful management of soil is critical to sustaining these services. This class will engage with the UW-Madison UniverCity Alliance in support of their efforts in Pepin County. Students will engage with local stakeholders to identify an issue related to soil and water management, research potential solutions, and develop recommendations.

More information

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