SUS 691 - SPECIAL TOPICS

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

TRAVEL COURSES

Discuss policy on the national level in Washington, D.C. or tackle coastal zone challenges from climate change on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

OBX

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Outer Banks, NC

COASTAL ZONE ISSUES / CLIMATE CHANGE / SUBSIDENCE & SEA LEVEL RISE

SUS 691 - SPECIAL TOPICS

COASTS & CLIMATE CHANGE

This travel course focuses on the impacts of climate change and sea level rise along the coast of North Carolina. See firsthand how sea level rise and saltwater intrusion are changing the natural ecosystems in what some land managers call the “frontline” of climate change. Meet with land managers and engage conservation organizations working on these issues to learn about their strategies to mitigate impacts. Also, meet with local business people learning to live with changing landscapes to hear how they are planning for the future.

"The Outer Banks is at the frontline of climate change. Subsidence and escalating sea level rise combined make this shoreline one of the most threatened in our country."
— from the article "The Frontline of Climate Change"
Dr. Rebecca Dickson
WFU Graduate School Professor,
Environmental Science
Class time will absolutely be of service to you and your future endeavors, but the various field trips and travel courses help to contextualize the information that can often seem intangible and distant.
Grace Saunders
Assistant Director of Restoration
Elizabeth River Project
SUS 691 - SPECIAL TOPICS

POLICY MAKING: THE FIGHT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE

This course provides the opportunity for graduate students in sustainability, law students, and undergraduates to travel to Washington, D.C. Meet with policy advocates, environmental regulators, and legislative staff who are involved in environmental protection and sustainability. The seminar will focus on the policy process and how advocates and government officials work to shape policy. The seminar will also acquaint students with how to leverage their interest and education in environmental protection to pursue a career in policy advocacy, or to have a role in environmental public policy while pursuing other careers.

DC

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON, D.C.

DISCUSS POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

"While at the EPA, Stan Meiburg engaged with sustainability graduate students through the Wake Forest Office in Washington, which connects students and faculty with alumni, parents, and friends working in D.C."
Cheryl Walker
Director of News & Communications,
Wake Forest University