Introduction to Eco Engineering. In this course, students will gain an appreciation for a career in this leading-edge field. Through a mixture of lectures and workshops, participants will consider the following topics: environmental engineering; systems ecology; restoration ecology; eco modeling; economics of eco engineering; conservation biology; alternative energy; population migration; causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect; priorities of sustainable development; and eco technology.
The week will conclude with a 2-day Global Environmental Design Competition. The GEDC will challenge students to formulate solutions to pressing problems of climate change. Working together as teams, attendees will address complex issues such as deforestation, urban heat islands, greenhouse gas emissions, shifts in human demographics, vector-borne diseases, air and water quality, extreme weather, the peril to current ecosystems, and the extinction of animals.
Student teams will work on their own to come up with the best plan to suit the problem. Each company will present its mitigation proposal. Judges will determine which group has delivered the best approach, and the winning group will receive an award certificate. It will be a weekend of learning and achievement no participant will ever forget!