True Cost Accounting – University Courses & Programs

Several universities are offering courses that teach principles of resource valuation and integration with capital. This section deserves further exploration and populating.  Universities all need to offer course work that prepares future generations with the tools to address all aspects of sustainable resource use, including working to more fairly distribute wealth.

George Washington University, Washington DC

GWU has established Sustainability as a University core value and provides several undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on preparing students to explore broad ideas around sustainability in our global culture.  GWU offers 470 multi-disciplinary courses related to Sustainability across many colleges and departments, an undergraduate minor from any college, a graduate degree in Sustainability, and Executive Study Certificates for career professionals. 

GWU offers a Minor in Sustainability via a series of courses that provide an in-depth evaluation around 3 topics: Sustainable Cities; Climate Change and Policy; and, Our Sustainable Plate.  This minor is built upon the student’s chosen major and introduces critical linkages as society faces the broader implications of resource use in a time of global change.

GWU offers 470 specific courses that address sustainability issues and topics in all of the colleges, and undergraduate and graduate programs.  Included are international issues, the practice of law, corporate management, federal policy, community development, architecture and community planning, biology, urban planning and more.  GWU is one of the leaders in offering broad learning and teaching opportunities for students and faculty alike.

University of Montana

Sustainable UM, The sustainability program at University of Montana

This program provides faculty and students an opportunity to broaden their programs to prepare students to integrate new ideas into existing course work and program focus. They have incorporated multiple aspects of sustainability throughout the course curriculum across the university.  There is a Green Thread track that guides students in developing a curriculum that best matches their interest and goals. True Cost Accounting appears in a variety of courses.

Yale University

Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has instituted innovative programs with university faculty, industry, communities, government and NGO’s to stimulate research and teaching that will foster secure and wise resource use.

The Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative

GEM’s mission is to develop strategies that address critical resource degradation and global problem solving across the research, government, business and community sectors to ensure sustainable resource use into the future.  Their program defines four areas of focus:

·         Market Driven Environmental Governance

·         The Triggers of Durable Policy Change

·         Complex Global Governance Arrangements and Domestic Politics

·         Determinants of Effective Policy Learning

This program involves multi-disciplinary teams and global participation and is intended to be a catalyst for systemic change.

Nature as Capital: Merging Ecological and Economic Models

This course teaches concepts of Natural Resource Accounting and how to apply and assess value to natural capital.  The focus is preparing students to integrate these principles into policy that promotes protection of natural resources.

Applied Math for Environmental Studies (AMES): Foundations for Measuring and Modeling Environmental and Socio-environmental Systems

This course introduces a wide selection of math and statistics commonly used in environmental reports and familiarizes students with the integration of data in resource and environmental studies.

Seminar on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

A seminar that explores original work in the field of environmental and natural resource economics and policy with invited guests and graduate and doctoral students.

Johns Hopkins University

The Center for a Livable Future (CLF)

Among their many exciting new projects, CLF has developed a free, 17 session curricula for teaching high school students about our food system and how to make informed decisions about the food they eat. http://www.foodspanlearning.org/

The Ohio State University

The Center for Resilience at Ohio State University

The Center is part of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program.  They target improving efficiencies in natural resource use, and identifying barriers to implementing sustainable business practices.

 

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