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GES 520 - Issues in Global Environmental Sustainability

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This course introduces the concept of sustainability, its various definitions, and its current societal influences. Students explore how sustainability affects different disciplines and understand the connections of sustainability within their chosen field. Students achieve a holistic understanding of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through individual research work and interdisciplinary collaboration, an essential part of the successful integration of sustainability.


Graduate standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative (1983)
    Broker, I.
  • Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation* (2015)
    Theis, T., Tomkin, J.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Renée Harmon Ph.D.

Dr. Renée Harmon is an instructor in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. She earned her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University, and her dissertation, titled Assessing College Students' Sustainability Literacy: The Development, Use, and Analysis of an Assessment Tool (2019), describes the development and analysis of CSU's sustainability literacy assessment (SLA). Still in use today, the results of the SLA are reported to the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, also referred to as STARS.


Dr. Harmon has taught college courses for over a decade and has earned awards for her work in online education, including CSU's Best Teacher Award in 2018. Dr. Harmon's research interests include sustainability education, assessment, and literacy; leadership; case-based instruction; and community education. She follows a mastery approach to teaching, with a passion for supporting students' writing and scholarship.