Environment Today: Green Design and Garbage (Waste)-Weekend-Today - Carnegie Mellon University

Environment Today: Green Design and Garbage (Waste)

March 30 - April 1, 2012

All sessions in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

The "Environment Today" is an annual mini-course that brings students together over a weekend to discuss environmental issues affecting our planet. The theme for the spring 2012 ENVIRONMENT TODAY course is GREEN DESIGN AND GARBAGE (WASTE). Where these two topics are seemingly disparate, this course will serve to seek and define the intersection.

Starting with the premise that Garbage is a ‘bad’ outcome of our consumptive behavior patterns, we will learn about the origins of waste generation and explore the traditional options of reduction, reuse, recycling and disposal. In the realm of waste management, the ‘Green Design’ philosophy is an emerging strategy intended to preclude the generation of waste in the first place. The Green Design portion of the course will feature diverse topics, such as Green Design in Architecture, Industrial Design, and Engineering, Eco-Art and Creative Re-Use.

Course content will be presented by CMU faculty, local, and national experts and practitioners. Grades for this course are determined by a series of essay questions, a research paper, and attendance in ALL lectures.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Peter Madsen (pm2n@andrew.cmu.edu)

If you have difficulty signing up for the course or have questions regarding the "audit option", please contact Cathy Ribarchak in the Office of the Vice Provost for Education at cr2@andrew.cmu.edu. Her office phone is: 412-268-8677. Thank you!

In addition to students attending the various sessions for credit, the individual lectures are open to the campus community and to the public.

This program has been made possible thanks to generous support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, and Heinz College.