Weekley Class Schedule for ENVR E106
Video Introduction to Course

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Class Session:




January 26

Introduction and Overview of the course

    George Buckley & Tim Weiskel. 

Explanation of purpose, goals and assignments for the course with description of class exercises and paper requirements.




February 2

The Broad Vision of Management and Protection

     George Buckley & Tim Weiskel

A presentation of the major ideas and perspectives of Ballard, Botkin, Carson, Gould and Wilson




February 9

The U.S. National Parks – Vision and Achievements

     George Buckley & Tim Weiskel

A discussion of the goal and historical achievements of America’s innovative and radical approach to managing and protecting the environment.




February 16

The Local Case - Boston & Beyond

     George Buckley & Tim Weiskel

A consideration of the vision, planning and implementation of “The Emerald Necklace” by Olmsted and its influence.  Plus conservation on Cape Cod.




February 23

Envisioning the Post-Columbian City

     Guest Lecturer:

Dr. Paul Kirshin
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Tim Weiskel & George Buckley

An examination of what management and protection will mean in the face of rising global sea levels.  What are some of the challenges and the proposed responses.




March 2

How Should We Manage “The Global Commons?

Guest Lecturer

Dr. William Moomaw

"Well Intentioned But Misguided Attempts to Address Climate Change: A Search for Opportunities and Avoiding Mistakes"


     Tim Weiskel & George Buckley

Much of Earth’s ecosystem is not come under the “ownership” of individuals, corporations or states.  How can it be managed sustainably?




March 9

Rethinking Transportation Beyond Fossil Fuels

Guest Lecturer

  Tony Dutzik
Frontier Group


     Tim Weiskel & George Buckley

Much of Western Civilization depends upon the massive consumption of fossil fuels for growing transportation needs.  What are some sustainable alternatives?





Spring Vacation







March 23



Prospectus &
Annotated Bibliography

Due in Dropbox

Strategies for Sustainable Water Management & Use

Guest Lecturer

 Dr. Peter Weiskel
Senior Science Advisor, USGS
New England Water Science Center


     Tim Weiskel & George Buckley

Fresh water resources are under severe stress in many parts of the world, and changes in climate are aggravating scarcities.  How should water be managed?




March 30

Planning for a Post-Carbon Energy Future

Guest Lecturer

Zachery Zevitas
Lecturer in Energy Systems
Extension School Sustainability Program

Beyond transportation there is a growing demand for energy in an increasingly urbanized world.  What are the strategies being discussed for a sustainable energy future?




April 6

Local Environmental Advocacy and Activism

George Buckley


Many inspiring figures have moved from advocacy to action with local, national and internation impact.  Particular cases will be discussed 




April 13

Local and Global Marine Resources

George Buckley


Oceans are being overfished, coral reefs are dying and marine resources are not rebounding as in the past.  What management strategies can help sustain protection?




April 20

What Can and Should Humanity Do About Megafauna?

George Buckley


Large mammals from polar bears and pandas to elephants and rhinos are under threat of extinction.  What is being done or could be done to manage and protect remaining megafauna?




April 27

Soils, Agriculture and Restorative Development

Tim Weiskel


Earth is losing arable land and that which remains is being denuded of its nutrients and stored carbon. What can be done to make the transition to sustainable agriculture?




May 4


Term papers must be submitted to the Dropbox by 11:59 PM on 4 May 2017. Hardcopy must be postmarked by 4 May or earlier.

Student Presentations

     Students will deliver encapsulated statements about how they have addressed particular problems of managing and protecting the environment

For this session, we are seeking volunteers among the students of the class who would like to give a short (ungraded) presentation of 5 to 7 minutes about their research and term paper. If you would like to participate in this endeavor, please send us both a title and short description of what you would like to present. We will try to post a list of those who have volunteered ahead of the class.

G.B. & T.W.




May 11

Course Evaluation




Enduring Environmental Problems & Class Reflections

     George Buckley & Tim Weiskel

………  and whole of the class in discussion about “where can we go from here…”



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