Green Valley Network: Tomorrow's Sustainability Technology Today
The Green Valley Network is a non-profit coalition that fosters collaboration and commercialization of sustainability technology. Join to find, analyze, distribute, develop, and capitalize practical sustainability technology.
We envision a better world as a result of quicker application of sustainable business practices, and we want to help bring the people, ideas, and resources together to facilitate advancement.
Green Valley Network is a non-profit coalition that fosters collaboration and commercialization of sustainability technology.
- Sustainability is a technology platform like semiconductors, the Internet or nanotechnology
- Innovators who apply emerging technology usually cluster together to leverage each other’s resources
- Green Valley has become a business cluster for innovators who are applying tomorrow’s sustainability technology today
- Green Valley Network helps sustainability’s innovators move ideas from ‘mind to market’ faster
- Green Valley Network does not have opinions – it is an inclusive venue for innovators to interact on all issues related to sustainability
Where is Green Valley?
When a revolutionary technology sprouts, the status quo changes; some industries, companies and regions ;grow and some decline. It happened in rural Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, it happened again in Austin and in the Research Triangle in North Carolina.
The sustainability revolution has begun in a similarly unexpected area- a place with deep roots in the foundations of sustainability technology- agriculture, energy, industry and frugality.
Green Valley is home to:
- The highest concentration of plant scientists in the world
- Wal-Mart, the largest funnel for global consumer demand and the largest proponent of sustainability on Earth
- The largest pre-existing supplier cluster with 1,300 consumer goods companies
- One of America's largest oil and gas energy centers
- The world's busiest cargo airport
- One of America's largest agri-business centers with biofuel and eco-tourism opportunities
Sustainability Curriculum Research
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We are discussing sustainability curriculum with an emphasis on business and technology with community colleges and universities. We welcome your feedback on our existing course research, and want to hear your suggestions for any additional relevant courses that you would like to see added to our list. We are looking for sustainability courses that include technical aspects to help generate a trained sustainability technology workforce.
Sustainability Curriculum Research
Posted on 14 October 2008 at 16:08:40 by Sum-Sum Chan
Harvard Business School
Environmental Studies E-117 - Sustainability: The Challenge of Changing Our Institutions
This course begins by exploring the wide range of institutionally related environmental impacts and the associated roles of individuals within these settings. Harvard University is used as a primary case study to illustrate institutional practices including procurement, utility supply and consumption, building design and operations, transportation, and waste production and recycling.
ENRE E-119 Sustainable Buildings: Design, Construction and Operations
This course approaches sustainable development for buildings by examining how building components and systems affect human performance and well being. Sustainable development starts with site planning and evaluation, and proceeds through construction, commissioning, and occupancy phases.
ENVR E-117 Organizational Change Management for Sustainability
This course aims to address the real life challenges of environmental sustainability by building change agent capacities of students who operate within myriad institutional and other contexts. The course begins by exploring the wide range of institutionally related environmental impacts and the associated roles of individuals within these settings. Harvard University is used as a primary case study to illustrate institutional practices, including procurement, utility supply and consumption, building design and operations, transportation, and waste production and recycling.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chemistry 5.92 - Energy, Environment, and Society: Learn Globally and Work Locally
Energy, Environment and Society" is an opportunity for first-year students to make direct contributions to energy innovations at MIT and in local communities. The class takes a project-based approach, bringing student teams together to conduct studies that will help MIT, Cambridge and Boston to make tangible improvements in their energy management systems.
Green Building Design
Green Building Design addresses a wide variety of built environment issues, including environmental considerations, economic benefits such as reduced operating costs, enhanced occupant productivity, and increased building marketability.
CEE 242A / CEE 142A: Sustainable Development
In this course we will explore how choices related to both what to build and how to build it have substantial impacts on people and the communities in which they live. Students will leave the course with 1) a clear understanding of what sustainability in the built environment means, and 2) frameworks and tools that they can use to clarify and negotiate the inevitable differences that arise in complex multi-party processes.
University of Pennsylvania
Designed in response to University of Pennsylvania President Amy Guttmann signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. It examines the environmental footprint of the campus and engages students in developing solutions to the challenges of climate neutrality.
University of Washington
Public Affairs 595A - Civil and Environmental Engineering
Students develop sustainability projects in areas such as green buildings, climate change and energy, dining services, and toxics reduction.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 477 - Environmental Stewardship in the Cornell Community
Each student undertakes an original project to improve the environment at Cornell while working with a faculty advisor and the Cornell infrastructure (generally campus life and/or facilities).
Environmental Studies 0410 - Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Design
Students address the economics and logistics of implementing strategies to conserve resources and reduce the negative impacts of the built environment. Students collaborate in interdisciplinary teams on projects to investigate opportunities to reduce the negative environmental impacts of the Brown campus and community.
Environmental Studies 302 - Sustainability: Rice into the Future
Students use the Rice campus and local community as a laboratory in which to do projects to reduce environmental impacts, enhance sustainability, or resolve environmental problems.
Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering 281/ Environmental Studies 281 - Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Communities
Students work in teams to analyze and solve specific problems affecting the campus and city. Emphasis placed on the integration of engineering fundamentals with societal issues, environmental and safety considerations, sustainability and professional communications.
Environmental Studies 442 - Ecology of Emory (w/Laboratory)
The focus of the course is divided between the natural and the built environment. Students develop a forest management plan for the University and evaluate how LEED is used in campus construction projects.
University of Notre Dame
CBE 30310: Global Sustainability
This course examines the growing need for addressing “sustainability” as a parameter in the practice of engineering, as well as in related disciplines. The course begins with an introduction of the origin of resources on earth and their fragile connection with life on earth, both on the ecology and, ultimately, on the human population.
University of California – Berkeley
Energy and Resources 299 - UC Berkeley Climate Action Course
This Climate Action Course brings together interested students to study projects being considered for implementation under CalCAP, to identify new projects the campus might undertake, and to move forward through action-oriented research.
Sustainable Business 315 - Building Social Capital
The course requires student teams to make campus assessments, formulate innovative improvements, and be involved in the implementation of the project (if the project is accepted in the campus sustainability initiative process).
Sustainable Business 100 - Industrial Ecology
Sustainable Business 201 - Sustainable Business Management
Honors 314 - Science, Technology, and Environmental System
This course studies ecological footprint and has students analyze resource use on campus. In 2006-07 students developed 12-15 minute presentations that they presented to various constituencies on campus (food service, purchasing, etc.)
University of Maryland
GVPT 273 Introductions to Environmental Politics
A comprehensive overview of environment problems, institutions, policies, and remedies found in present day world society, with special emphasis on environmental matters as objects of American Public Policy, both domestic and foreign
GVPT 306 Global Ecopolitics
Consideration of global problems and general impact of science and technology on the world ecological, socio-economic, and political system, with particular emphasis on such matters as objects of public policy
BGMT 472 Advanced Logistics Operations
Analysis of the operational aspects of logistics management, including purchasing policies, transportation planning and inventory control. Attention is directed toward total logistics cost minimization and the establishment of a sustainable competitive advantage based on logistics activities.
ANTH 464 Cultures and Sustainable Development
Explores economic development, particularly the new sub-field of sustainable development