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First Year Green Seminars

Building Green Homes: Improving Economy and Environment

FYS 101 - 003
Carbon footprints and low environmental impact are more than just buzz words. They reflect a more thoughtful approach to life on the planet. This seminar provides an introduction to green construction within the global context of sustainability. Green construction minimizes environmental impact and has changed the construction industry. It is part of the growing trend to recycle, reuse, and make the most of what you have with minimum impact on the future ecology of the planet. Students will examine the

social, economic, and environmental impacts of green construction and analyze their impact on the industry and on the planet. By examining green building and its results, they will better understand renewable energy and the need for matching green projects with sustainable locations.

Global Sustainability: Switching to a Greener Future 

FYS 101 - 004 
Sustainability is a hot topic, and this seminar provides an interdisciplinary exploratory view of global sustainable development and the underlying ethics and values. Students will examine the ecological, social, philosophical, and economic realities within the context of existing technical expertise and analyze the social, financial and environmental impacts of sustainable products. An Assistant Professor, Dr. Chapman joined the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology in 2009. He holds the PhD in Materials Science & Engineering. His research area is Alternative Renewable Energy. He has been involved in the design and testing of renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic and hydrogen fuel cells.

The Climate and the Economy

FYS 101 - 045
This seminar examines the science of climate change, the role of the economy in determining our response to it, and the flood of information, misinformation, and disinformation about both. We will focus on understanding the physics and chemistry of climate change, exploring the scientific consensus and the range of uncertainties. Markets are the principle mechanism of society to decide

how to use our resources efficiently. We’ll explore the ways that markets can solve the climate dilemma, if only we can get the prices right. And throughout, we’ll try to understand why so many people are confused or don’t seem to care about these important issues.


Animal Rights: Human Responsibilities

FYS 101 - 055
Animal Rights: Human Responsibilities explores issues of fact and fiction regarding our relationships with the other animals sharing the planet earth. Students will question and clarify their personal beliefs about the symbiotic relationship on many levels and through various lenses, including philanthropy, religion, economics, law, environmental science, animal husbandry and health and nutrition. Emphasis will be placed on research and professional discourse.