Summary: CE 292A -- TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES (Fall 2010)
The global human population exceeds six billion and might double by mid century.
Environmental quality is strained on local, regional, and global scales. Resources are finite. To
many, current systems appear unsustainable on a time scale as short as decades. Technology
has facilitated human development for the past several centuries. Technological advances
appear necessary, although not sufficient components of an overall societal movement towards
sustainability. The goal of this 1-unit seminar course is to investigate and gain an understanding
of important technologies that serve major societal needs. Class presentations will be framed
from the perspective of how technologies do or do not contribute to a move towards
sustainability. Elements in the following systems may be considered: buildings, manufacturing,
water, food, energy, and transportation.
The course is open to graduate students from across campus. The course is mandatory for
students wishing to obtain the EBS certificate (http://sustainable-engineering.berkeley.edu).
Meeting time: Mondays 5-6 pm
Meeting location: 534 Davis Hall
Credit: 1 unit, S/U