Short description of core courses in Environmental Management and Sustainability

Environmental Impact Assessment
This course takes an applied approach to environmental impact assessment (EIA), with an emphasis on both the regulatory context in which these laws are applied, as well as the techniques for conducting the assessments. The course explores the techniques for developing, preparing, and reviewing environmental impact assessments. The basic skills to identify and mitigate a project's effect on environmental resources will be explored.
 
Environmental Law and Policy
The course begins with an overview of the sources of environmental law and the different approaches to environmental regulation, which is followed by an exploration of modern approaches to risk assessment and risk management. The treaties and customary principles of international law regarding environmental protection are examined. Problems of protecting the international environmental commons, transboundary pollution, and the international interest in national environmental resources are also covered.
 
Environmental Management Systems
The purpose of course is to expose students to different aspects of the ISO 14 000 standards. Among the discussed topics: life-cycle analysis, management and reducing environmental risks, benefits of implementing the standards (including obtaining government support, direct savings, etc.), design of products and processes (ECO DESIGN). The course will also include professional tours.
 
GIS and Natural Resources Management
This course covers the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the management of natural resources. Natural resources managers must be able to create, store, manage and query spatial data systems and to interact with management information specialists in distributed database systems. The objective of this course is to introduce students to the construction, manipulation, display and analysis of spatial information using GIS.
 
Principles of Sustainability
Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field that examines the complex relationships between the environmental, economic and social aspects of the problems facing human populations at the local, regional and global levels. This course provides an introductory survey of the concepts, principles and tools from diverse fields that contribute to an understanding of and a response to problems such as climate change, environmental degradation, and the unequal distribution of limited resources.
 
Resource and Environmental Economics
The goal of the course is to provide the student with the theoretical and empirical tools required to understand the concepts of public goods, external costs, the non-market valuation of environmental resources, and economic policy instruments such as environmental taxes and cap-and-trade. Specific instruments for the monetary valuation of ecosystem goods and services that are not the object of market transactions are also presented.