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. Dr. Harmon was named a CSU 2018 Best Teacher based on her work in this course. With a strong background in online education, Dr. Harmon works to create an engaging learning environment that incorporates students' background and experience.

Dr. Harmon 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 her 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, such as case-based instruction. Dr. Harmon has presented her work numerous times at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Expo and Conference. Here at CSU, Dr. Harmon developed the CSU Sustainability Literacy Assessment, of which the results are reported to the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

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