Sampling of New Ohio State Sustainability Courses

August 03, 2020

Below is a sampling of new courses offered by Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty members.

Spring 2021 Term

Advanced Topics in Solar Energy Systems, Spring ME 5194
The broad course objective is to provide an in-depth understanding of the technology, design, simulation, deployment and economics of solar energy plants and systems utilizing classroom lecture and presentation, computer simulation, and two projects.
Time/Location: Tues/Thurs 1:50-2:40 p.m., online, synchronous and lecture
Faculty: Ardeshir Contractor, professor of practice, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Contact Ardeshir Contractor

Business Sustainability II:  Project 3766, Spring BusAdm 3642.01
Field projects on sustainable business issues. Prereq: 3640.01, or permission of instructor
Time/Location: Tues/Thurs 7:30pm – 8:50pm, online
Faculty: Ardeshir Contractor, professor of practice, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Contact Ardeshir Contractor

Strategies for Business Sustainability: Principles and Concepts, Spring 2 MHR 7640
Examination of the principles and concepts involved in developing sustainable businesses. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 841.
Time/Location: Wed 6:15pm – 9:30pm, online
Faculty: Ardeshir Contractor, professor of practice, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Contact Ardeshir Contractor

Design of Urban Stormwater Control Measures, FABENG / ENVENG 5760
This course focuses on stormwater management, particularly on understanding the processes behind and design of stormwater control measures (SCM).  Much of the course is focused on sustainable urban drainage systems and green infrastructure topics, including constructed stormwater wetlands, grassed filter strips, grassed swales, green roofs, permeable pavement, bioretention, street trees for stormwater management, rainwater harvesting, and regenerative stormwater conveyance.  Within each SCM, we focus on: (1) unit processes underlying the water quality performance of each SCM, (2) hydrologic and hydraulic functionality and designing to optimize these elements, (3) engineering design of the SCM, and (4) discussions on maintenance of the SCM and how SCM design impacts long-term maintenance.
Faculty: Ryan Winston, food, agricultural, and biological engineering; civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering; Core Faculty, Sustainability Institute
Time and location: 3:55-5:15 PM Tuesday and Thursdays, Synchronous via Zoom
Contact Ryan Winston

Sustainability Marketing for Consumers, Firms & Society, BUSML-4255
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to enhance sustainable behaviors in firms, among consumers and in society at large. In doing so, this course will include frameworks for understanding how to influence sustainable practices, consumer response to sustainability, and sustainability and marketing communication issues in the marketplace.
Faculty: Grant Donnelly, marketing, Sustainability Institute core faculty
Time and location: Tuesdays and Thursdays, times and location TBD
Contact Grant Donnelly
More details about the course

Autumn 2020 Term

Business Sustainability 1: Concepts 4021, Fall BusAdm 3640.01
An introduction to the topic of sustainability in business. Prereq: Must be in Business Industry Cluster Program
Faculty: Ardeshir Contractor, professor of practice, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Time/Location: Tues/Thurs 7:30pm – 8:50pm, online
Contact Ardeshir Contractor

Global Change and Sustainability in the Earth System, ES5663 
For critical Earth systems, the challenges of the next 50 years are formidable. In the case of worldwide climate and hydrologic systems, human impacts are getting to the point where they are irreversible. Historically, humans have relied on innovation to solve problems. Now and in the future, ingenuity is critical.
Faculty: Frank Schwartz, Ohio Eminent Scholar, earth sciences, Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Time and location: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4 p.m., Mendenhall 291
Contact Frank Schwartz

Water in Society, ASCI 1137.10
In “Thirsty Planet,” this freshman seminar on water in society, students will discuss pressing issues such as unequal water access in the United States. Students will explore emerging water crises in the news and learn basic hydrologic concepts needed to understand them.
Faculty: Audrey Sawyer, earth sciences, Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Time and location: Tuesdays 1-2:50 p.m. outside at Browning Amphitheater near Mirror Lake (rain location: Scott Lab N044)
Contact Audrey Sawyer

Learning from disasters: Extreme events and their impact on infrastructure, engineering and society, ARTSCI‐1137.24‐010 (26466)
This seminar will examine six major disasters including local case histories and discuss engineering design methods/concepts as well as their effects
in terms of preparedness, vulnerability, robustness, flexibility and resilience.
Faculty: Daniel Pradel, civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty
Time and location: Mondays 1:50-2:45 p.m. online via Zoom
Contact Daniel Pradel
More details about the course

If you are a Sustainability Institute affiliated faculty member and have a new sustainability or resilience course you would like to submit for this listing, contact Joan Wall, wall.107@osu.edu. Please note this listing is for new courses only. 
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