Are you interested in integrating sustainability into your semester and receive academic credit? Sign up for a course centered on sustainability to gain knowledge and practical experience in your life on and off campus! UC Berkeley offers a wide range of classes focused on the topic, some taught by student leaders and others by professors. Here are a few courses that are still open for Spring 2013 enrollment:
1.) ED 98/198: Building Sustainability at Cal Decal — Meets Tu/Thurs 5-6pm in 101 Wurster; 2 units P/NP
Students will undertake educational and infrastructural projects to improve efficiency and sustainability of campus facilities. The course includes dynamic guest lecturer and field trips to learn about pertinent issues. No experience required. All are encouraged to sign up. Direct any questions here or view more information.
2.) ESPM 98/198: Environmental Student Organizations at Cal Decal (ESOC) — Meets Wed, 3-4pm in 204 Wheeler; 1 unit
Get immersed with campus sustainability by having access to the wide range of environmental groups on campus and learn how to get involved. For more information, check out decal.org/courses/esoc and email for any inquiries.
Taught by the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC).
3.) ESPM 98/198: Berkeley In the Global Food System – First informational meeting on Monday, February 4 (4-6pm) 121 Latimer; 2 units
The course will analyze the social, economic, and environmental areas related to food and agriculture systems and explore contemporary issues and potential solutions to these problems. This theme will be a common thread bringing together the various components of this class that range from farm to fork. Email for more information.
Taught by the Berkeley Student Food Collective.
4) Geography 171: Natural History in the 21st Century — Meets Tu/Thurs 11-12:30pm in 145 McCone; 3 units
Explore the ongoing partnership between natural historians and the scientific community and the important role that new technologies play in facilitating these interactions. This course will rely heavily on iNaturalist.org, a social network for naturalists, to enable the class to record and share observations. The course material will be broadly organized into three scientific fields that historically have relied heavily on the contributions of natural history: Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology. As each topic is covered, the class will explore examples of how natural history continues to contribute to each of these disciplines.
-article by Zara Fernandez from the January 2013 issue of bright green news.