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Sustainability Course Spotlight

Editors' picks 

Here are just 3 of the 500+ sustainability related courses offered at UC Berkeley:

Course: Landscape Architecture 130

Title: Sustainable Cities & Landscapes

Description: Insights into what makes a city lifestyle more sustainable than suburban living, and how to make cities more equitable and self-sufficient environmentally. The course focuses on San Francisco and Berkeley.

Student Insight: “I learned to appreciate the Bay Area's compactedness as a function of sustainability. This course also inspired me to study city planning!"

Course: ENVDES 4C

Title: Future Ecologies: Urban Design, Climate Adaptation, and Thermodynamics

Description: Intro to methods for investigating relationships in the built environment; Questions about human habitat that could shape the future

Student Insight“Take this class if you want to understand how the built environment can contribute, adpat, and mitigate climate change.” 


Course: ESPM 161

Title: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics

Description: Human environments as physical, social-economic, and technocultural ecosystems; emphasis on ideologies, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior

Student Insight:  “A great philosophy breadth course that provides theory behind environmentalism” 

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Points of Pride

  • 87% of students walk, bike or take public transit to campus.
  • Over $2 million in student-fee funding for 166 sustainability projects in last eight years.
  • 29 percent of undergraduates took at least one course focused on sustainability.
  • Chou Hall, our first Zero Waste building, opened in 2017.
  • Also in 2017, we installed our first solar panels on 5 buildings for a total of 1 megawatt of energy generated.