Prof. Corrado Diamantini, Prof. Bruno Zanon, Dott. Daniele Vettorato
4, 5, 6, 7
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
The course lays the foundation to the concept of environmental sustainability, by providing key definitions of environmental factors and components, and describing how they interact with human systems. An overview of the most pressing environmental problems is presented, by discussing their effects on human well-being, possible responses and open challenges. Finally, the concept of human-environment system, as a fundamental paradigm to address sustainability challenges and propose solutions, is presented and illustrated through case studies.
Detailed course content:
• Earth’s life support systems: environmental factors, components, and their interaction (3 h)
• Global environmental outlook: overview of current and emerging challenges (3 h)
• Human-environment systems: concepts and examples from the global to the local scale (6 h)
• Environmental sustainability: key concepts (3)
• The measure of sustainability: environmental indicators and indices (3 h)
• Implementing environmental sustainability at local level: past and current actions (6 h).
• Case studies (12 h.)
Details will be provided during lectures. Upon successful completion of the assessment, students will be acknowledged 4 ECTS.