Sustainable Green Spaces

HNR 340 - Sustainable Green Spaces

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2019
Class #: 31996
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Aviles, Paul

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Interdisciplinary

Course Time(s):
TuTh 09:30am-10:50am


Course Description:

Blending the humanities with science and incorporating materials from Landscape for Life (a course developed jointly by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden), this class will explore sustainability at both the global and local levels. After interrogating the traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of nature, we will explore the rise of the sustainability movement, defining the term and exploring its evolution. In the process, we will analyze specific sustainable landscapes: from case studies featured in the Landscape for Life course to the Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell and your very own back yard-focusing on soils, water & energy conservation, biodiversity, native plant species, and alternatives to invasive plants. The course will also look at native indigenous cultures, the Haudenosaunee of this region and Aztec chinampas or "floating gardens" as potential models for sustainability.