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.
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.
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.