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Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on the World
Taught by: Marc Levy

Description
E-Seminar Description
Professor Marc Levy (pictured left) leads an exploration of the many facets of environmental sustainability, taught in conference-style format with the perspectives of nine Columbia University faculty members associated with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Lessons | Instructor's Background | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Understand the dynamics between human activity and environmental processes in several specific geographic contexts around the world.

•    Examine the ideas and techniques utilized in efforts to bring about greater environmental sustainability.

•    Consider the range of available data related to environmental sustainability worldwide and the themes evident in these data.


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Outline
1. Environmental Systems
     Human Impacts on the Arctic Environment
     El Niño and the Peruvian Fishing Community
     Sustainability in the Sahel
     Climate Change and Past Civilizations
2. Human Responses
     Economies and Sustainability
     Industrial Ecology
     Sustainable Design
     Ecological Architecture
     International Environmental Regimes
3. Conclusion: Thoughts on Sustainability

     Afterthought for Further Study

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Lessons
This e-seminar is divided into nine sections. Each section begins with an introduction to the contributing faculty member, followed by a series of video discussions and activities based on our Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) mapping tool. Throughout the e-seminar you will be encouraged to respond to five essential questions in the Discussion Forum. While this e-seminar is not for credit and your responses to questions are not required, we strongly encourage you to participate in the discussion.

There are no required outside reading assignments. At the end of the seminar, Marc Levy has listed additional Web resources and texts for those interested in further study.

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Marc A. Levy is Associate Director for Science Applications at CIESIN, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network, an environmental data and research institute associated with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Levy oversees programs focused on issues involving environmental sustainability, measures of state capacity, information tools for international environmental agreements, and other work aimed at integrating natural and social science information on the environment. He is a Project Scientist for CIESIN's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, which is one of the primary liaisons between NASA's Earth Observing System and the social science and policy-making communities. He has taught political science and international environmental policy since 1980 at Harvard University, Princeton University, Williams College, and Columbia University. He has published on the effectiveness of international environmental institutions and on environment-security connections. Levy is coeditor (with Robert O. Keohane and Peter M. Haas) of Institutions for the Earth (MIT Press, 1993) and coeditor (with Keohane) of Institutions for Environmental Aid (MIT Press, 1996).

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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