The UMass School of Earth & Sustainability is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students a diversity of introductory and upper-level courses among multiple departments at UMass Amherst. Below is a sample of courses that will be offered within SES during the Spring 2021 semester.  A full catalog of courses can be found in SPIRE.

Building and Construction Technology | Environmental Conservation |  Environmental Science | Geography | Geosciences | Landscape Architecture | Microbiology | Natural Resource Conservation | Regional Planning |  Stockbridge School of Agriculture | Sustainable Communities

Building and Construction Technology

BCT  311:  Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems
Instructor: L. Carl Fiocchi

The focus of this course is to understand the fundamental principles behind the sustainable design and regulation of thermal comfort and mechanical, plumbing, and lighting systems in buildings.

BCT  414:  Sustainable Building & LEED Certification
Instructor: Ho-Sung Kim

The LEED Professional Credentials indicate professional excellence and a strong depth of knowledge as well as practical understanding of the LEED Rating Systems and how they apply to the high-performance design and construction of the built environment. Preparing to take the LEED Green Associate and AP exams requires more than taking one course; it is a process that involves the acquisition of disciplinary knowledge and understanding of complex building and environmental systems. This course introduces core concepts of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems and assists students in study and preparation for the LEED Green Associate exam.

BCT  597Q:  Solving for Carbon Neutrality with High-Performance Buildings
Instructor: Paul Wolff

There is no better way to learn and deeply understand sustainability in the built environment than to experience this as a part of a real project.  This course explores the concept of using living labs to accelerate innovation in the realm of low carbon approaches to buildings, materials, technologies, policies, and ways of living.

Multi-disciplinary teams will work together to solve problems faced by local and global organizations. Students receive academic credit and real-world experience while the community benefits from technology and policy-based solutions in the built environment. Open to all majors.

Environmental Conservation

ECO 611: Offshore Wind Energy – Environmental Impacts, Siting, Permitting, and Stakeholder Engagement

Instructor: Dwayne Breger

Before construction begins on an offshore wind farm, there is a rigorous process of assessing ecological and environmental impacts, obtaining any Federal and State permits, and engaging with stakeholders. This process is expensive, and vital to the successful installation of an offshore wind farm. A thorough understanding of these procedures is essential to all professionals in the offshore wind industry. This course is designed to guide the student through this process, from the time the potential offshore wind development site has been identified, until construction is complete and the wind farm is operational. The on-line course will consist of recorded lectures with slides, assigned readings, problem sets, and two exams. Students will engage with the instructor and fellow students through robust online discussion sessions and postings.

ECO  697DL:  Sustainable Building and Smart Growth Systems

Instructor: Paul Wolff

This course will introduce primary aspects of sustainable building and smart growth certification systems (SBSG) such as the WELL Standard, the Living Building Challenge, Passivhaus and LEED for Neighborhood Development, Cities and Communities. Through instructor-led, individual and collaborative exercises, discover the core concepts and standards related to high performance building systems and interact with front-line practitioners and learn from case-study examples of high-performance buildings. Structured assignments provide the opportunity to grasp real-world challenges and impacts, and to understand the dramatic increase in momentum, scale and complexity of advanced, holistic performance standards during the last 20 years since the first high certification programs were introduced.

ECO  697SV: Design, Implementation, & Analysis of Surveys of People
Instructor: Brett Butler

At the end of this course, students should have all of the basic skills to successfully design, implement, and analyze a survey.  Although the content of the course will have a natural resource focus, the principles will be applicable to all surveys of people. After an overview of the survey process, the class will discuss the different types of surveys and their relative strengths and weaknesses. Next, the class will study the Dillman method for designing surveys. The practical elements of implementing a survey, including the Internal Review Board process, will be discussed. Data processing, storage, and validation will be covered. Finally, both basic and advanced analytical techniques, using the R statistical package, will be investigated.

Environmental Science

ENVIRSCI  214: Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Global Change
Instructor: Anne Averill

Conservation science is concerned with phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of Earth's animals, plants, and ecosystems while balancing the needs of people. Using principles from ecology, population genetics, economics, political science, and other natural and social sciences, this course will examine the global changes causing widespread species extinctions via large-scale shifts in climate, habitat destruction and fragmentation, ocean acidification, overexploitation, and invasive species. We will also focus on the various conservation strategies used to conserve ecosystems and biodiversity.

ENVIRSCI  565: Soil Formation & Classification
Instructor: Justin Richardson

With lab. Effect of environmental factors on soil formation and land use. Relationship between soil morphology, classification, and use interpretations. Application of soils information to on-site sewage disposal, wetland identification, and other environmentally significant problem areas. Prerequisite: introductory course in chemistry, geology, soils, or environmental science; or consent of instructor.

ENVIRSCI  585: Inorganic Contaminants in Soil, Water, and Sediment
Instructor: Baoshan Xing

Physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting the fate and transport of inorganic contaminants (including heavy metals) in soil, water and sediment.  Sources, chemistry, pedogenic and geochemical behavior of these contaminants and methods used for their analysis. Risk assessment, and remediation technologies, options, and goals. Prerequisites: CHEM 111 & 112, knowledge of college algebra, basic soil science, and transition metal chemistry, or permission of instructor.

ENVIRSCI  597FS: Sustainable Food Systems
Instructor: Eric Thomas

Food systems, sovereignty, and security remain major issues of concern for producers, consumers, and policymakers at the dawn of the 21st Century, despite significant advances in transportation and technology.  This course addresses these concerns by approaching food, the environment, and sustainability from an environmental anthropology perspective.  We will compare past, present, and future food systems in the United States with those in other parts of the world.  We will also explore topics including food security, nutrition, aid, immigration, climate change, sustainable livelihoods, and cultural production and diffusion.


GEOGRAPH  102: Diversity, Globalization, and Sustainability: Introduction to Human Geography
Instructor: Theodore White

A wide-ranging introduction to the ways people shape the world they live in.  We will study the themes and concepts of human geography through the current issues and large questions which guide them.  Lectures and reading will focus on the geographic aspects of cultural diversity, population issues, states vs. nations, the global economy, development, urbanization, and the human transformation of the earth.  We will cover major subdivisions of human geography including cultural geography, population geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography, and political geography.  (Gen.Ed. SB, DG)

GEOGRAPH  110: Global Environmental Change
Instructor: Steven Petsch

The natural relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; human impact on the natural environment. Global environmental issues: global warming, sea-level rise, and ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Global changes of the past also studied to give perspective to forecasted changes. Includes writing exercises.  (Gen.Ed. PS)

Instructor: Forrest Bowlick

Students in WebGIS will explore web-based applications in geographic information science. This course will focus on hands-on practice using and building web-based mapping and analysis platforms, including Google Maps, ArcGIS Online, Leaflet, and Open Street Map. Along with conceptual discussion of how the internet, web servers, and cloud-based GIS services function, students will create and host web services relevant to their coursework, research, or professional goals.


GEOLOGY  101: The Earth
Instructor: Bill Clement

Nature and origin of the earth; volcanism; minerals and rocks; earthquakes; plate tectonics; mountain belts; geologic time scales; wave, river, glacial, and wind action in modification of landscape and atmosphere; the asteroid impact hypotheses; genesis of non-renewable resources, geologic basis for environmental decision making. Field excursions.  (Gen.Ed. PS)

GEOLOGY  109: Geology of the National Parks
Instructor: Donna Francis

This course is an introduction to geology, using features of the U.S. National Park system to highlight the basic concepts and principles.  Writer Wallace Stegner has called the National Parks "the best idea we ever had."  The National Parks were created to preserve unique and beautiful landscapes "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." From Acadia on the coast of Maine to the Hawaii Volcanoes, the parks preserve some of the most spectacular examples of geologic processes.  From this perspective, we will explore earth process dynamics, including plate tectonics, natural hazards, and climate change through geologic time.   We will use a variety of materials to explore geology in many of the parks and monuments, including lectures, videos, photo galleries, readings, and maps.  The National Parks provide a fascinating and inspiring introduction to the field of geology. (Gen. Ed. PS)

GEOLOGY  494LI : Living on Earth: Real-world Issues in the Geosciences
Instructor: Timothy Cook

Global climate change is a societal issue that affects natural and human systems right now and will continue dramatically impacting them in the future if the drivers remain unabated.  The debate and political polarization surrounding climate change issues is all around us and the messages can be confusing and difficult to interpret. It is crucial that as a society we are equipped with the scientific knowledge and skills to interpret the collected information, make decisions about and prepare for and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate. In this course, students take advantage of the breadth of their shared experiences in the Geosciences Department from human dimensions to physical sciences, drawing from geography, earth systems science, and geology. The platform of the course examines the most pressing problem within Earth Sciences, anthropogenic climate change, incorporating the themes of Water, Air, Energy, and Sustainability.

Geology 497K: Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science

Instructors: Dr. Jonathan Woodruff (NE CASC), Dr. Michelle Staudinger (NE CASC), Addie Rose Holland (NE CASC), Dr. Kelsey Leonard (University of Waterloo and Citizen of Shinnecock Nation), Dr. Casey Thornbrugh (NE CASC Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison and Citizen of Mashpee Wampanoag), and Asha Ajmani (NE CASC Fellow)

Offered as a webinar, the seminar will engage and partner with scholars and elders from Tribal Nations to explore the following areas:

Indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation science
Models for collaboration on diverse knowledges in scientific research
The co-creation of best practices for resilience and adaptation to the rapidly changing climate
Each 3-week module will focus on a particular climate-related topic including water, forests, coastlines, and wildlife and matched to the particular expertise of the module’s invited Tribal Elder and Scholar pair:

Week 1: Presentations by the modules’ Tribal participants
Week 2: Panel discussion with the same Tribal participants
Week 3: Synthesis via an internal discussion on topics between course participants and UMass faculty leads.

GEO-SCI  557: Coastal Processes
Instructor: Jonathan Woodruff

Processes that govern the movement of sediment, the shaping of coastal landforms, and the geologic evolution of coastlines. Course topics include basic principles for water waves, tidal and estuarine processes, and the geomorphic development of beach and barrier systems. Prerequisite: GEO-SCI 445 or permission from instructor; introductory calculus course recommended.

GEO-SCI  565: Soil Formation & Classification
Instructor: Justin Richardson

With lab. Effect of environmental factors on soil formation and land use. Relationship between soil morphology, classification, and use interpretations. Application of soils information to on-site sewage disposal, wetland identification, and other environmentally significant problem areas. Prerequisite: introductory course in chemistry, geology, soils, or environmental science; or consent of instructor.

GEO-SCI  591NE: Climate Change Impact Studies and Solutions
Instructor: Raymond Bradley

The class focuses on human-induced (anthropogenic) climate change & its consequences, and so mainly considers current and future climate change, as well as issues concerning emissions, and mitigation and adaptation strategies. Climate modelling is discussed as necessary to understand the issues related to climate forcing and simulations of future climate changes.  The impacts of climate change on the environment, and national, international and local remedies are discussed.

The course will be a mix of lectures, topical discussions and presentations of assigned readings by students.

GEO-SCI  595P: Diversity/Inclusion/Pedagogy
Instructor: Forrest Bowlick

This seminar will review domain literature concerning best practices in diversity, inclusion, and pedagogy while connecting these topics to workplace and classroom experiences. Starting with core literature and examples from geosciences, geology, geography, and elsewhere, students will engage in critical discussion of how race, gender, class, and other identities have been marginalized in these fields. Through conversations, reflections, and participatory actions, this course will explore current issues and consider how to create an equitable landscape moving forward.

GEOSCI 691EC: Ecohydrology
Instructor: Christine Hatch

Ecohydrology will provide a complete survey of the integrated systems of hydrogeology, ecosystems, and habitats.  It is my belief that much interesting science occurs at the interfaces and intersections between processes, environments, and disciplines.  This course will provide a fundamental understanding of the processes and principles that link ecology and hydrology, then apply that knowledge to exploration of the plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates that depend on water quantities and quality in specific ecosystems and to the quantification of how these are affected by changes in hydrologic cycles and anthropomorphic alterations to their environments. This is not a straight lecture class! Active learning and student participation will be an essential component.

Landscape Architecture

LANDARCH  197D: Introduction to Environmental Design
Instructor: Jane Thurber

This course is an introduction to fundamental "design thinking" and graphic communication skills in environmental design. This studio-based course introduces students to reading and responding to the site through a series of readings, drawing exercises, and model explorations. Exercises will progress. No previous design or drawing experience is required.

LANDARCH  494LI: Landscape Planning & the Cultural Landscape
Instructor: Carolina Aragon and Theodore Eisenman

Landscape planning crosses scales from regional to site specific, taking a real world problem to creative sustainable solutions. An introduction to design research methods, inventory and assessment models and techniques for policy planning, regional scale design proposals, and site selection for particular development types. Implementation of a greenway solution.  Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BS-LdArch majors.

LANDARCH 661: Cultural Landscapes: Documentation, Values, and Policy
Instructor: Elizabeth Brabec

An important course for landscape architects, planners, and other professionals interested in the cultural landscape, this course will introduce students to the identification, understanding, documentation, and policy implications of cultural landscapes. While it will touch on the issues of both designed and vernacular landscapes, the focus of the course will be vernacular landscape.

Environmental Microbiology

MICROBIO  494MI: Microbes and Climate Change
Instructor: Klaus Nusslein

The vast majority of Earth's biodiversity is microbial.  Microorganisms are directly involved in the ecosystem services on which all of life depends.  They interact intimately with other organisms and yet we know much less about their biodiversity than we do for plants and animals.  Our lack of understanding of the interactions and feedbacks of microbial biodiversity is troubling, given the high rates of environmental change that the Earth is currently experiencing, including man-made global climate change.  Satisfies one of three required modules for the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-MicBio or BS-MicBio majors.

Natural Resources Conservation

NRC 185: Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century
Instructor: Lena Fletcher

Students will work in teams to research and develop solutions to the sustainable challenges facing our society. They will collaborate to investigate, critically evaluate, effectively communicate, and reflect on the multifaceted challenges associated with addressing sustainable resource use, water, food, energy, transportation, waste management, and climate change. Students will also work in teams during class on exercises in which they research case studies, debate controversies, assess political and cultural contexts, and identify technological advances and barriers, gaps in scientific knowledge, and opportunities for change in the 21st century. (Gen.Ed. I)

NRC 225: Forest and People
Instructor: Paul Barten

Forests are complex and fascinating ecosystems. They have been shaped by ecological processes over 1,000s of years and also by centuries of human use, abuse, neglect, and care. They are always changing. Forests are essential to human health and well being yet they are often taken for granted. Forests and People explores the: Unique values that forests have in our culture; key characteristics of forests in the Northeast and how and why they have changed through time; historical and contemporary leaders in forest conservation; sustainable forest management principles and practices; current forest use patterns and trends and the challenges and opportunities they the present in the 21st century.

NRC 589: Responding to Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaption
Instructor: Anita Milman

Introduction to the policies and politics of climate change adaptation with a focus on the response of human systems in both the developed and developing world context.  Overview of climate projections and potential hazards to socio-ecological systems.  Examination of adaptation strategies, policies directing responses, knowledge and factors that facilitate or stymie action, maladaptation.  Discussion of debates on the role of international climate community; state and non-state actors; climate justice and how to reach the most vulnerable.

NRC 590C: Clean Energy and Climate Policy in Massachusetts
Instructor: Dwayne Breger

Over the past 20 years, Massachusetts has evolved as a leader in clean energy policy, which has led to market development, job and economic growth, and reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions. This course will provide direct insights into the brief history of these policy developments, including policy objectives, legislative and regulatory roles, tradeoffs of costs and benefits, the use of analytical methods to establish program design, and stakeholder perspectives and engagement. The course will explore the market and economic development and challenges that have resulted from the policy, and explore the economic tradeoffs and distributional impacts that may result. Lastly, the course will consider the current energy and climate issues in Massachusetts and the latest policy development and proposals that will impact our energy future.

NRC 597EE: Environmental Education: Pathways for Forging the Nature Connection
Instructor: Britt Crow-Miller

The relationship of humans with non-human nature has been changing dramatically over the last several decades, particularly in the United States. The amount of time Americans spend outdoors in nature has been steadily declining since at least 1970 to an all-time low of just 3-5 hours per week. The so-called “nature connection” is being lost and, with it, so is society’s capacity for environmental stewardship. In this class we will examine the field of environmental education, from theories and philosophies of engaging people with nature to pedagogies and actual practices out in the real world, including in our communities. This course is open to all upper division undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in environmental conservation and sustainability. No background in environmental education is required.

Regional Planning

REGIONPL  545:  Introduction to Land-Use
Instructor: Darrel Ramsey-Musolf

Land-Use is a process in which various constituencies (planners, elected officials, corporations, advocates, and the public) manage a community?s land and the land?s subsequent development. This course examines trends in land-use (e.g., Growth Management, Smart Growth, New Urbanism, Sustainability, Shrinking Cities, etc) in order to understand that development is a constant occurrence. However, the choice of the applied land-use and the desired outcome are contextually dependent on location and development trends.

REGIONPL  580:  Sustainable Cities
Instructor: Mark Hamin

This course introduces students to the 3-E concept of sustainability: environment, economy, equity, and applies it to the built environment and policies at the municipal and regional levels.

REGIONPL  597S: Scenario Planning
Instructor: Camille Barchers

The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to scenario planning as a professional technique to address uncertain futures on behalf of our communities. Scenarios can be used to challenge conventional thinking and promote creative plan-making that is supported by rigorous analysis of empirical data. In a time when climate change, the automation of work, technology disruption, and social inequity must be confronted by planners, there is a need to address how various trends will impact the future and to provide this information to stakeholders and decisions makers in ways that both clearly communicate and educate.  Students will develop skill in using one or more scenario planning tools and will receive a brief introduction to new methods and techniques that can be used in the plan-making process. Students will engage with planning theory and research related to scenario planning.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

STOCKSCH  120: Organic Farming and Gardening
Instructor: Allen Barker

Introduction to principles of soil fertility and crop management by organic procedures which are contrasted and evaluated against conventional chemical methods of farming. A science course. (Gen. Ed. BS)

STOCKSCH  171: Plagues, Food and People: Ecology of Food and Disease
Instructor: Dan Cooley

The ecology of major diseases related to food, from ergotism and the Salem Witch Trials to the Irish Potato famine to celiac disease and diabetes. How people, microbes and farming change our health and the environment. (Gen. Ed. BS).

STOCKSCH  172: Plants in our World
Instructor: John Gerber

This course will enable students to study the intricate and often intimate relationship between plants and people, taking an interdisciplinary approach. Students will learn fundamental concepts in plant biology including fundamental properties of life, food chains and food webs, plants as primary producers and humans as consumers One of the primary learning goals will be society's historical connection to plants and how plants have made an impact on civilizations.  The course will also look at current environmental problems that affect local and global food security and supply, alternative food socurces and farming techniques supported by thought provoking case studies, documentaries, and discussions. (Gen.Ed. SI)

STOCKSCH  198P: Permaculture Gardening at UMass
Instructor: Daniel Bensonoff

In this hands-on class, students will learn about permaculture basics while maintaining our on-campus permaculture demonstration gardens.

STOCKSCH  290B: Cultivation of Edible Mushrooms (CPE course)
Instructor: Richard Davis

To introduce the kingdom of fungi and explore how we can integrate fungi into our lives. Students will learn skills to find, identify, and cultivate mushrooms.

STOCKSCH  387: Global Food Systems (CPE course)
Instructor: Renee Ciulla

This course covers the social aspects of the agri-food systems as well as the political economy of food, agriculture, and sustainability. Students are also encouraged to examine the cultural, ecological, and economic implications of the ways food is perceived, produced, and consumed.  From rural development to the controversy of GMOs, from land conservation to the politics of globalization, from local food systems to global food justice, students use interdisciplinary perspectives to comprehend, analyze and visualize improved global and local food systems.

STOCKSCH  390G: Sustainable Grape Production
Instructor: Elsa Petit
This class will explore grape origins, domestication, and fundamental principles of grape growing, both domestically and globally. It will include practices specific to the winter such, as pruning.

STOCKSCH  390N: Ecosystem Processes
Instructor: Marco Keiluweit

Ecosystems are defined by the interactions among the plants, animals, microorganisms and abiotic, environmental features that affect them. This course will cover the flows of energy, carbon, and nutrients within ecosystems, tracing the key processes that define ecosystem function. Through the course, we will develop the connections between organisms, abiotic factors and ecosystem processes. This analysis will include a consideration of plot-level, regional and global scales. The effects of environmental change on ecosystem processes will be highlighted.

STOCKSCH  397R: Social Permaculture: Building Resilient Communities and Organizations
Instructor: Lisa Depiano

Permaculture mimics ecological systems to design gardens, farms and homesteads which have the resilience and benefits of natural systems.  Human designed systems however cannot function without social systems such as decision making, communications, organizational structure, and policy.  This course will use case studies, guest speakers and in class exercises to explore how to apply  permaculture ethics and principles to a variety of social systems.  Students will engage with methods and strategies that build capacity and resilience while leading to long term systemic change.

STOCKSCH  650: Global Challenges in Agriculture and Environment
Instructor: Om Parkash Dhankher

The growing human population faces a crisis in food production matched by one in environmental degradation. Demands for food, forage, and biofuel crops and for a healthy and sustainable environment will increase, but climate change, loss of productive soils, decreasing availability of arable land and clean water, emerging and resurgent pests and diseases, and environmental pollution threaten our ability to maintain present levels of crop production and environmental quality. This course will address topics related to the challenges imposed by climate change and environmental contamination on plant growth and production, ecosystem integrity, soil health and ecology, and the sustainability of landscapes. Modern biotechnology, improving soil health through carbon and nutrient management, and developing climate resilient crop systems offer solutions to these problems. This course will be taught by a faculty team from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, using four themes: 1. Pathogen and pest issues and management in issues in agriculture. 2. Abiotic stresses and climate resilient crops. 3. Soil Health and resource management. 4. Soil contamination and remediation. Students will be assigned papers in the current scientific literature and expected to engage in weekly discussions and write analyses.

Sustainable Community Development

SUSTCOMM  125: Global Cities and Global Issues
Instructor: Darrel Ramsey-Musolf

Cities are dynamic organisms whose inhabitants require food, water, shelter, safety, commerce, leadership, and equity. For most people, the city can be a wonderful place to live in. For persons without privilege, the necessary goods and services that are require for a quality life may be lacking. In this course, students will note that every village, town, city, or mega-city has some type of challenge. By examining cities within a global context, students should recognize that any challenge can also be viewed as an opportunity for implementing positive change. As such, we examine global cities in order to ask a central question: what does it mean to be an active and engaged citizen living in any city, town, or village? (Gen. Ed. SB)

SUSTCOMM  232: History of Sustainable Community Development: Indigenous Subsistence vs. Globalized Superabundance
Instructor: Mark Hamin

This course focuses on the historical and multicultural roots of the sustainability framework within a global context, critically examining interrelationship of ecology, economy, social equity, and community engagement as they have influenced divergent changes in quality of life across time and space, natural as well as human. (Gen. Ed. HS, DG)

SUSTCOMM  297G: Climate Change and Resilient Cities
Instructor: Elisabeth Hamin Infield

This class will engage students, placing them at the center of the teaching process to ensure more effective learning. This dynamic class will use recent articles, movies, vibrant discussions, and case studies to reveal planning and building resilience for people and in their communities.

SUSTCOMM 333: Introduction to Community Economic Development
Instructor: Wayne Feiden

Community economic development practice, especially in the urban context, within the sustainability framework economy, equity and pluralistic society, and the natural and built environment.  Particular attention is given to understanding pluralistic and diverse communities' goals and methods for economic empowerment. (Gen. Ed. SB)

Courses Outside of SES

PUBP&ADM 697NL: Nonprofit Law & Management
Instructor: Betsy Schmidt

This course is designed for those who may be involved in nonprofit organizations at some point in their lives as directors, employees, volunteers, customers, funders, or founders. Students will learn about the opportunities and challenges that nonprofits can face by partnering with an existing §501(c)(3) and by creating, funding, running, and dissolving an imaginary §501(c)(3) over the course of the semester.  We will discuss the theoretical bases for the nonprofit sector and for tax exemption, formation and dissolution of nonprofit corporations at the state level, obtaining tax-exempt status from the IRS, the charitable contribution deduction, fiduciary duties of the board of directors, the rules surrounding lobbying and political activity of nonprofits, charitable solicitation laws, unrelated business income tax, private inurement, and excess benefit taxes. For the final project, students will analyze the way a partner nonprofit addresses the issues discussed in this course and develop tools for that nonprofit that will allow it to measure progress towards its goals and tell its story effectively.

Res Econ 397e: Economic Development and the Environment
Instructor: Jamie Mullins

This course introduces students to a holistic framework for understanding the relationships between global inequality, economic development, and environmental degradation.  A range of practical pathways toward more sustainable global development is discussed and evaluated from economic, societal, and environmental perspectives. Topics include the development gap; climate change; food security; population growth and distribution; approaches to addressing extreme poverty; biodiversity and ecosystem services; health, education, agriculture, and political institutions in the context of economic development; global carrying capacity and environmental load.