EM SC 470
Applied Sustainability in Contemporary Culture



The purpose of this lesson is for you to review key concepts from Lesson 2 (Fundamental Sustainability Considerations) in EM SC 240N. I strongly encourage you to at least browse through Lesson 2 of EM SC 240N, though that is not required.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • define and provide examples of negative externalities;
  • analyze the implications of achieving a steady state economy, and how they relate to ecological footprint.
  • identify the pros and cons of energy return on energy invested;
  • describe the (in)adequacies of using GDP as a development metric;
  • analyze the viability of various development metrics;
  • define social and environmental justice;
  • identify examples of social and environmental (in)justice.

Lesson Roadmap

Lesson Roadmap
To Read Lesson 2 Online Content You're here!
To Do
  • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • Lesson 2 Journal Entry
  • Lesson 1 Discussion Board Post #2
  • Canvas Modules > Lesson 2
  • Canvas Modules > Lesson 2
  • Canvas Modules > Lesson 1


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