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Spring 2021 Sustainable Urban/New Designs PS0201 section D01
Cities and Climate Change

Call Number 14443
Day & Time
U 10:00am-12:00pm
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Instructor Allison L Bridges
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Cities are centers of creativity, community, and economic opportunity. But over time, they can negatively impact the environment by contributing to land degradation, habitat loss, and climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that cities are responsible for 75% of total greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are primarily the result of transportation and the energy required to create and power buildings. Low-carbon transportation networks and ecologically modern buildings are critical in lowering the carbon footprint of cities. We also need to protect cities from the consequences of a warming world. Sea level rise, increased incidences of storm events, droughts, and extreme heat can create public health challenges and increase vulnerability to disasters. The long-term sustainability of cities depends on our ability to prepare for the impact of these events.

This class explores these issues by deepening student knowledge of earth systems, geoscience, and energy flows while at the same time understanding how changes in urban design can help reduce emissions or increase resiliency. In each module, the class will first explore relevant climate science topics and then move into linking that knowledge to low-carbon design strategies. The second half of the course will build on this knowledge to explore: resilient urban design, environmental justice, and the growing fields of ecological design, environmental engineering, and sustainability management. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.
Web Site Vergil
Department Summer High School Program
Enrollment 11 students (20 max) as of 8:04AM Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Subject Sustainable Urban/New Designs
Number PS0201
Section D01
Division School of Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211SURB0201KD01

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