A UCSB Discovery Course Taught by the SMPD Chairs

Course Description: This course will introduce core analytical thinking skills and tools for assessing technology, policy, and behavioral pathways to reaching societal sustainability goals. In the first half of the course, students will learn the basics of life-cycle assessment, energy and resource system efficiencies, technology adoption rates, and economic analysis and understand how these tools are applied to generate sustainability roadmaps. In the second half of the course, we’ll review established sustainability roadmaps for the global power, buildings, transport, and industrial sectors to understand how these plans were formulated, while also learning about key challenges and required innovations within each sector. Class time will combine lectures, discussions, and analytical exercises to create a highly interactive learning environment. Students will leave the course with a solid understanding of why quantitative thinking is needed for realistic planning, how it works, and how they can use it within various sustainability career paths.