EM SC 470
Applied Sustainability in Contemporary Culture

Explore Sustainability Applications in Colorado!


Dan Kasper & Haley Sankey, Instructors

CAUSE 2019: Applied Sustainability in Contemporary Culture (EMSC 470 Sp/Su/Fall 2019) is an exploration of a variety of novel sustainability applications in Colorado. Topics include urban and rural food production, "zero waste" policies, permaculture, solar photovoltaics, micro-hydroelectricity, anaerobic digestion, hospitality, oil and gas, sustainable brewing practices and more!

mountain peaks and trees surrounding small lake
The Maroon Bells in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Rhododendrites [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Course Structure

The three-semester program includes one credit of online coursework in the spring semester, which will include mandatory online meetings. EM SC 240N (or EM SC 297a, EM SC 240) is a pre-requisite for the CAUSE program and can be taken in tandem with the one credit EMSC 470 in the spring semester.

The summer semester is comprised of one credit of travel during June 22-30th, 2019 where students will visit multiple sites in Denver, Boulder, and Paonia, Colorado to learn more about sustainability and energy practices and policies here in the United States. Students will identify their fall project topic during travel and will complete journaling exercises related to their travel experiences.

Fall semester is an online two-credit course in which students will complete research projects identified during their travel. Approved projects may be team-based or completed individually.

The calendar below provides due dates for the Spring Semester. If this changes, you will be notified.

If you want to add this calendar to your personal Google Calendar, just click on "+Google Calendar" below. Any changes made to the calendar by the instructor will automatically update on yours as well. The same information can be found on the Course Calendar in Canvas.