Course taught primarily online. Students will attend an introductory class on campus and access instructional materials upon returning home at hours that suit their own schedules. This instruction may include lectures recorded by their professor, podcasts, documentaries, and discussion posts. Readings and assignments will be available via AU's Blackboard platform. Professors remain accessible to student questions 30 days after the on-campus segment.
Course Description: This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures.
Professor: Abby Lindsay is a doctoral candidate of international relations at American University and an instructor at American University and the University of Mary Washington. She focuses on global environmental politics and how science can further sustainability. Her doctoral research focuses on the use of science and social learning within multi-stakeholder platforms, focusing on how national governance regimes can promote or inhibit social learning at the local level for water management in Peru. From 2013-2015 she was the Coordinator of the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment for the Center for Environmental Policy, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and other public and private partners currently focused on scaling up water technology adoption. Prior to coming to American University, Abby worked at the U.S. State Department on environmental cooperation, where she collaborated with over 15 countries to advance environmental protection and private sector implementation of environmental technologies and practices. She has also completed research on renewable energy, climate change policy, sustainable development, global forest governance, and environment and trade. Abby is excited to join the NSLC faculty, in addition to teaching Global Environmental Problems at the University of Mary Washington and World Politics at American University. Abby earned a MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School and an MA in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University, and also holds a BS in environmental science from the University of Mary Washington.