In this course, students obtain resources from readings and Internet resources for an overview of tools that can and should apply to sustainability issues. They review sustainability issues and integrate learning to develop solutions considering environments; economics; psychology; sociology; law and politics; and administration along with partners in the community.
Students will identify a problem locally, document the existing situation, then recommend intervention strategies after completing readings, reviewing Internet resources and other sources, and from understanding procedures for the final course product. Their work with the cooperators is designed to effect changes in behaviors.
The final written report is expected to be comprehensive, well documented, and written with action strategies that will be shared with cooperating partners in the community who are affected by the work. Providing a direct service to the community cooperators as part of course objectives is expected.
Graduate student or senior status; one course in human dimensions; one course in science.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Fostering Sustainable Behavior: an Introduction to Community-based Social Marketing (2010)
D. McKenzie-Mohr and W. Smith
- The Business Guide to Sustainability: practical strategies and tools for organizations, 2nd Ed. (2009)
D. Hitchcock and M. Willard
- Towards Sustainable Communities. Resources for Citizens and their Governments (2005)
Dr. Delwin Benson is Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University since 1975. He has extensive experience concerning wildlife management in Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America and Europe.