Signature Courses

GW offers a suite of signature courses under the Office of the Provost. These courses are team-taught by faculty from several schools and deliver a comprehensive understanding of sustainability concepts. Students from any school and major may take these courses.

SUST 1001: Introduction to Sustainability

The concept of sustainability is both broad and specific as it is applied to areas ranging from social systems to law, engineering, public health, and natural systems. The course considers goals, principles, and practical applications, with a multidisciplinary perspective on major environmental and social issues growing out of these concerns. SUST 1001 is a requirement for the minor.

Team taught by:

Tara Scully, Biology (Lead Professor)

Lisa Benton-Short, Geography

Peter LaPuma, Public Health

Lee Paddock, Law

Michael Svoboda, University Writing

Adele Ashkar, Sustainable Landscapes

SUST 2002: The Sustainable City

This course explores the connection between cities and sustainability.  We consider sustainability from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives and examine some of the most pressing and critical issues that must be addressed in order to create a sustainable city. Central to this course is a focus on Washington, D.C.  Ultimately, this course is concerned with how the future of cities and the quality of life for those who live there can be improved through sustainable urban development projects and policy.

Team taught by:

Melissa Keeley, Geography (Lead Professor)

Lisa Benton-Short, Geography

Royce Francis, Engineering

Chris Leinberger, School of Business

Greg Squires, Sociology

SUST 3096: Directed Research in Sustainability

Students can participate in a directed research project with a GW sustainability faculty member that might include laboratory research, archival work, or literature reviews. Students complete a series of reflection essays and other assignment throughout the semester.