Designed to be educational as standalone courses, or as a two-part comprehensive learning experience, these courses inspect the Principles and Practices of Sustainable Design from the foundation of sustainability through application of tools and practices today and the direction of “greening” in the future.

Principles of Sustainable Design 

  • Week 1: The Context for Sustainability: Beginning at the origins of the planet and finishing with a close study of world view shifts in the relatively short time frame of humanity on the planet.
  • Week 2: Motivations for Sustainability: Resolving the duality between self-interest (greed) and empathy (altruism) as a means to build a new platform for “progress” in the 21st century.
  • Week 3: Frameworks for Sustainability: Moving beyond superficial greening efforts to authentic sustainability that features the use of the holistic Quadruple Bottom Line.
  • Week 4: Frameworks for Sustainable Design: The multi-lens and meta-paradigm approach of Integral Theory and Integral Sustainable Design.
  • Week 5: Perspectives on Energy Systems: This module features a close look at energy system (non-renewable and renewable) from an Integral perspective in order to build energy literacy as a foundation for effective sustainable design.
  • Week 6: Perspectives on Environmental Systems and their Impacts: This module will study the impacts of non-renewable energy sources and human progress around the globe as a means to build an expanded environmental literacy.
  • Week 7: The Impact Project: The course ends with the completion of an “impact project.” where students will collaborate to design and implement a short project that addresses the myriad problems and opportunities presented by sustainability.

Practices for Sustainable Design 

  • Week 1: Standards and Metrics for Green Buildings: Understanding the rationale and structure of rating systems and an in-depth look at the LEED® Rating Systems
  • Week 2: Standards and Metrics for Energy Efficient and Sustainable buildings: In this module the Following systems will be covered: The Passivhaus System, The Living Building Challenge, Architecture 2030 and more.
  • Week 3: Integrated Project Delivery: This module features a close look at emerging processes necessary to obtain highly rated green and sustainable projects. New forms of project management, digital collaboration and design will be covered.
  • Week 4: Green Construction and Technologies: In this module students will follow the construction of a green building starting with green specifications, moving onto the building envelope, to building systems and finally to interior finishes and landscape. The LEED® Rating System for Building Design and Construction will be tied into the process.
  • Week 5: Eco-Cities: In this module students will study the global context for urbanization and then focus on specific practices used to green cities including Eco-districts, eco-villages and carbon neutral cities.
  • Week 6: Future of Sustainable Design: In this module biophilia, urbiphilia, biomimicry, and ephemerization will be explored as new ways for humanity to co-evolve with the natural world.
  • Week 7: Final Exam and Green Associate Prep: In this module students will complete a final exam for the course as well as receive preparation for the Green Associate Exam. Green associate is an entry level accreditation offered by the Green Building Certification Institute for professionals who plan to work in the green building industry and who plan to take the LEED® AP Exam.

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