ENRGYENV 626 - Modeling and Analysis for Environmental Sustainability

Course Description

In 1987, the World Commission in the Environment and Development, also known as the “Brundtland Commission,” defined sustainable development as “…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Although there are many ways in which this basic statement has been elaborated, it remains the fundamental concept underlying the entire sustainability movement among firms, governments, NGOs, and individuals today.

Many firms are looking for ways to do business in a more sustainable way, whether that means reducing their use of fossil fuels for energy, extracting resources in a way that does not threaten the future supply of those resources, or finding ways to manage their waste streams to reduce pollution and even to capture value from what is currently discarded. Governments are struggling with carbon policies, and firms are beginning to request regulation in an effort to resolve the current uncertainty about what those regulations will look like. NGOs are involved in sustainability efforts around the globe, partnering with governments and firms, and in many cases providing vehicles for stakeholders to get involved in the push toward sustainable economic development.

In this course, we will look at tools that businesses can use to measure, evaluate, and manage their sustainability. The course examines three aspects of firms’ sustainability issues:



Throughout the course we will be looking at a variety of companies and organizations as examples in class and in case assignments. Examples may include Apple, Akso-Nobel, BP, Dell, Duke Energy, Duke University, Dupont, ExxonMobil, GE, Ikea, John Deere, SAS, Sony, Wal-Mart, and others.

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