Stewardship and Renewable Energy Course
The Environmental Sustainability course is an interdisciplinary English/Social Studies/Earth Science course designed to prepare students for the challenges of analyzing complex scientific arguments and deconstructing their validity, based on the premises and supporting data presented.
The course engages students to explore the impact that key economic activities (e.g., hydraulic fracking, factory farming, deforestation of the rain forest, coal power electrical plants, etc.) are having on human health, and the planet.
In addition, the course challenges students to define their obligation to “Environmental Stewardship” in terms of reducing their global footprint and “Social Activism,” when companies and/or governments violate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards for polluting, air, land and bodies of water in their communities (e.g., lead in the water in Flint, Michigan).
Finally, few scientific experts would argue that our current fossil fuel driven energy economy, and chemical pesticide driven factory farming systems are sustainable. This begs the course’s exploratory challenge. How can we build a more sustainable green economic model using renewable energy, which bases its priorities for economic growth on what’s healthy for people, has zero adverse impact the planet and is profitable for companies?