[ENVS 210] Sustainable Cities

According to estimates by the United Nations, by 2030 the share of the world’s population living in urban areas will reach 60%, with the fastest growing cities located in low-income countries. This course examines the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability in cities. Policies and programs that try to address the challenges of sustainability within the United States and around the world are studied and compared. Some of the major themes explored in the context of the sustainability of cities are indicators of sustainability, demographic trends, environmental justice, green building, urban sprawl, global climate change, and sustainable energy and transportation policies.

Course Title

Sustainable Cities

Course Code

ENVS 210




Prerequisite: any 100-level political science or environmental studies course.


Offered in alternate years.


Also listed as Political Science 210.

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