Academics

Sustainable Design Courses- Online

These courses are part of the SUNY Green Building Experiential Learning Collaborative (GBELC)

Questions: Contact Rachel.kornhauser@oneonta.edu; Register: conted@oneonta.edu

Why take online Sustainable Design courses?

SUNY Oneonta’s online courses on sustainable design (5 courses-15 credits) offer the practical knowledge required for green careers and the sustainability job market. Benefits: 

  • Fully online courses (flexible schedule, convenient, and affordable)
  • No prerequisites before course enrollment.
  • Open to all students, professionals, architects, engineers, community leaders, facility managers, sustainability coordinators, contractors, and students regardless the educational background, work experience, or expertise.
  • Preparation for industry-specific credential exams such as LEED GA, LEED AP ND, PHD/C, and/or GRP.
  • Become an accredited professional with industry ready skills 
  • Funding availability to take the LEED Green Associate certification exam as part of tuition for Green Building Design Principles and Practices

 

Course Descriptions

  1. ENVS 294- W3- Intro to Sustainable Design (Fall 2020): With an emphasis on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this introductory course explores design of buildings, landscapes, and urban spaces in the complex web of ecological and man-made systems, to help students to understand how to create environmentally friendly buildings for a “Green” future. The course evaluates current green building standards including LEED®, Green Globes®, LBC, NGBS, WELL Building Standard, etc.
  2. ENVS 294- W1- Green Building Design (Fall 2020)- This interdisciplinary course explores the economic, social and environmental benefits of green infrastructures to provide a healthy community for residents; particularly for low-income and elderly residents who tend to be more vulnerable to illnesses related to extreme heat and poor air quality. It reviews the functional, technical and aesthetic aspects of green roofs/walls and their application to new and existing buildings and structures. The aim is to provide the opportunity for students to understand how well-designed green roofs/walls can contribute to a sustainable building by reducing energy use, mitigating heat island effect, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improving human health and comfort, enhancing stormwater management and water quality, and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life (addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2,3, 6, 9). Successful course completion can prepare the student for the Green Roof Professional (GRP) exam to become a GRP Accredited Professional.
  3. ENVS 294- W2- Green Roofs/Green Walls (Fall 2020): This course focuses the economic, social and environmental benefits of green infrastructures to provide a healthy community for residents. It helps students to understand how well-designed green roofs/walls can contribute to a sustainable building by reducing energy use, mitigating heat island effect, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, improving human health and comfort, enhancing storm water management and water quality, and enhancing health, well-being and quality of life. This course, in part, prepares students for Green Roof Professional exam to become a GRP Accredited Professional.
  4. ENVS 294-W5- Passive House and Net Zero Energy Buildings (Spring 2021): This course explores zero energy and passive design strategies of scales ranging from a single-family home to a district or a community of buildings. With a focus on building energy dynamics, site and source energy, high-performance materials, thermal insulation, HVAC systems, and renewable and green technologies, this course helps students to understand how to integrate passive design techniques (daylighting, natural ventilation, sun shading, etc.) with active systems (photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps, green roofs etc.) to maximize comfort and minimize energy use and deliver highly efficient buildings. This course, in part, prepares students for Passive Housing Design exam to become a PHD/C Accredited Professional.
  5. ENVS 294 W4- Neighborhood Development & Sustainable Communities (Spring 2021):  This course explores the planning process associated with neighborhood development to create sustainable communities in order to enhance the public realm, protect natural/cultural resources, and ensure a high quality of life for residents. With a focus on the LEED® for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system, it’s aimed to review the credit categories, points, rating prerequisites and credit requirements, and certification process. It covers the major prerequisites and credits of LEED ND including Smart Location and Linkage (SLL), Neighborhood Pattern and Design (NPD), Green Infrastructure and Buildings (GIB), and Innovation and Design Process (IDP). This course helps students to understand how neighborhood-scale decisions influence our day-to-day lives, and how sustainable neighborhoods impacts the natural environment, resident’s health and well-being, and community prosperity (addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5, 8, 11, 16). Successful course completion can prepare students for LEED ND exam to become a LEED Accredited Professional. Students who complete the course in good standing will receive funding to take the certification exam as part of their tuition. 

Sustainability Designations

The college designates courses as Sustainability-Focused or Sustainability-Related based on the definitions below.  The two-tiered designation system was instituted to track the amount and type of courses taught at the College with sustainability themes, and to give students the opportunity to choose courses and course sections that integrate sustainability concepts within and throughout the curriculum.

Designation Definitions

  • Sustainability-Focused- assigned by course, permanent designation
    • AASHE guideline: “a course in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge (e.g., the course contributes toward achieving principles outlined in the Earth Charter).” 
  • Sustainability-Related- assigned by section, designation applied each semester
    • AASHE guideline: “a course that includes sustainability that is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.”

Process for Applying

The permanent sustainability-focused designation can be requested for an existing or new course through CurricuLog

  • New courses: In your new course proposal in CurricuLog, select that you would like to apply for the sustainability-focused designation. Include a short justification regarding your course’s sustainability content and upload a sample syllabus. It is recommended that sustainability is clearly reflected in the student learning outcomes, course materials, assignments and/or topics.
  • Existing courses: If you are applying for the designation for an existing course, select “Attribute Change” as the type of change you are requesting in your Course Change form, provide a short justification for your request and upload a sample syllabus. It is recommended that sustainability is reflected in the student learning outcomes, course materials, assignments and/or topics.

The Sustainability Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee will review undergraduate applications and the Graduate Committee will review graduate applications.  Both will make final recommendations to the Registrar. You will be notified of your approval by the Sustainability Coordinator. These courses will retain the designation permanently and will not require re-submission for future semesters.

The sustainability-related designation is more variable since it is given at the section level.

  • Apply for the designation in the course section you are teaching by completing this document and e-mailing it to the Sustainability Coordinator, Rachel.kornhauser@oneonta.edu. The Sustainability Coordinator will compile all documents and forward to the Sustainability Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee for undergraduate courses or the Graduate Committee for graduate courses. The Sustainability Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee will review undergraduate applications and the Graduate Committee will review graduate applications.  Both will make final recommendations to the Registrar. You will be notified of your approval by the Sustainability Coordinator. 

Spring 2021 Sustainability Courses:

Are you interested in learning more about sustainability? The college offers courses throughout many departments that are Sustainability Focused and Sustainability Related every semester and a major in Environmental Sustainability.  Below are the courses that have been designated as "Sustainability Focused" (SUSF) or "Sustainability Related" (SUSR).


 Africana and Latino Studies

- Race, Gender Class and Culture, ALS 273, Section 01, 02 (SUSR)

Biology

- Ecology Lecture, BIOL 282, Section 01 (SUSF)

- Ecology Lab, BIOL 282, Section 02, 03 (SUSF)

- Stream Ecology, BIOL 388, Section 01 (SUSF)

Communication Studies

- Small Group Communication, COMM 227, Section 02, 03 (SUSR)

Composition

- Composition, COMP 100, Sections 12, 13

- Advanced Composition, COMP 200, Sections 02 (SUSR)

Economics

-Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 111, Sections 03, 04 (SUSR)

Environmental Sciences

- Environmental Sustainability, ENVS 110, Sections 01 & 02 (SUSF)

- US Environmental History, ENVS 268, Section 01 (SUSF)

- Interdisciplinary Jr. Seminar, ENVS 291, Section 01 (SUSF)

Fashion

- Quality Analysis: Apparel, FASH 123, Section 01 (SUSR)

- Apparel in Today's Economy, FASH 221, Section 01 (SUSR)

Foods

- Cost Control & Service Management, FOODS 232, Section 01 (SUSF)

- Applied Foodservice System Management, FOODS 571, Section WW (SUSF)

Geography

- Geography of Culture & Environment, GEOG 230, Sections 01, 02 (SUSF)

- US Environmental History, GEOG 268, Section 01, (SUSF)

Geology

- Sustaining Water, GEOL 102, Section 01, (SUSF) 

History- Museum Studies, Cooperstown

- Historic Preservation, HMUS 513, Section 01 (SUSF)

- Landscapes, Culture and Environment, Section 01 (SUSF)

Political Science

- Environment, Politics & Policy, POLS 235, Section 01 (SUSF)

Online Resources

 

Sustainable Susquehanna

Curriculum Workshop

    Oneonta’s Sustainable Susquehanna is an annual program that brings together faculty from across the university to support new courses, or new units in existing courses, that incorporate issues of sustainability and environmental awareness. Sustainable Susquehanna is based on nationally recognized models known for their innovative approach to curricular change and is designed to create a community for intellectual conversation around the economic, societal and environmental dimensions of sustainability on the local and global scale.

    The workshop will explore how to meaningfully integrate sustainability into our classrooms. Sustainability issues can be incorporated in any department and can include climate change, food systems, economic development, ecological systems, environmental justice, public health and wellness, land use and sustainable design, energy, water, and human rights. Campus faculty and staff will facilitate and catalyze discussion of a green curriculum and its integration and role in the broader community.

    Participants receive an honorarium of $1000 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus (with the intent to teach the course by the fall semester of 2021 or sooner). Participants will participate in a variety of interactive activities during the two-day workshop, and connect with other faculty across the campus to create new networks.

    Sustainable Susquehanna participants agree to:

    1. Read material prior to the workshop.
    2. Participate in a 2-day workshop.
    3. Prepare course materials over the summer.
    4. Submit updated course materials by announced deadline (fall semester).
    5. Attend a follow-up meeting to go over your revised or new syllabus in the fall (either in late August or early September).

    Interested? Contact Rachel.Kornhauser@oneonta.edu. The Spring 2020 workshop has been postponed. 

    Congratulations to the 2019 participants:

    • Beniam Awash (Sociology & Criminal Justice)
    • Suzanne Black (English)
    • Collen Engle (Human Ecology)
    • Racheal Fest (English)
    • Brett Heindl (Political Science)
    • Karen Joest (Child and Family Studies)
    • Shahin Kachwala (Women's & Gender Studies
    • Matt Murphy (Political Science)
    • Nancy Tarr (Music)

    Comments from 2017 participants:

    “An immense opportunity not only to think about the pedagogical aspects of sustainability but also to collaborate with such a wide variety of scholars and learn from them.”

    “I consider the college’s commitment to sustainability to be one of its most important priorities, now more than ever.”

    ”I think sustainability is one of those ‘hot button’ issues that students can connect with and speak to- even in non “sustainability” focused-content areas.” “I appreciated the opportunity to work with other faculty with interests in this area. “

    Sustainability Research

    Student Research

    The campus’ annual Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day provides a professional forum for students to showcase research to the campus and greater community. Although open to all disciplines, sustainability projects are encouraged, and relevant projects are designated by the President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability (PACS) as such in the SRCA program and on the presentations. Since 2016, when the sustainability designation began,80 student projects from 14 different departments presented at SRCA Day have been designated as sustainability-related (30% of all presentations in 2016, and 36.5% of all presentations in 2017). Visit the Grants Development Office to learn more and to apply to present.

    Faculty Research

    The annual faculty showcase event, the Life of the Mind (LOTM), spotlights faculty research and scholarship contributions to the intellectual life of the campus community and beyond. Although open to all disciplines, sustainability projects are encouraged; and, as with SRCA Day, organizers began clearly designating sustainability-related projects as such in the LOTM program and on the presentations. Since 2016, when the sustainability designation of projects began, 36 presentations from 14 different departments have been designated as sustainability-related by the PACS (32.3% of all presentations in 2016, and 26.3% of all presentations in 2017).

     

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