GES 520 - Issues in Global Environmental Sustainability

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This course will introduce the concept of sustainability, its various definitions, and current influences on society. Students will be exposed to the ways sustainability impacts many disciplines and will gain an understanding of the connections of sustainability within their chosen discipline. Students will achieve a holistic understanding of environmental, social, and economic sustainability through individual research work as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, an essential component to the successful integration of sustainability.

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Renée Harmon
Renée Harmon

Renée Harmon, PhD, is an instructor in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in communication from the University of Missouri - St Louis. She completed a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Education Sciences in 2017 at CSU. Her research focuses on sustainability education and literacy, adult education, online education, and nontraditional teaching and learning methods. Renée developed the CSU Sustainability Literacy Assessment, of which the results are reported to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

Renée has been teaching online courses for six years and is always looking for new innovative ways to engage with students. She has extensive experience working with adult learners, military, and veteran students.