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NSLC College Credit Program School of International Service

NSLC College Credit Program School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

Environmental Science and Sustainability

Sustainable Development and Design (1 credit)

Course taught primarily online. Students will attend introductory classes 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 group work. 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. Environmental scientists have an important role to play in addressing development challenges. 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 assess social and environmental impacts? How can we apply sustainability principles to address problems in developing countries? In this online course, we will combine your NSLC field trips and workshops with design exercises, media clips and lectures and consider the challenges of studying and practicing sustainability in the 21st-century world. 

Course Outline

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.


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