Green Cities

Offered by: Civic Ecology Lab, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Instructor: Alex Kudryavtsev (,
Credits: 3-credit summer session course
Dates: June 25–August 3, 2018 (6 weeks)
When: Monday–Friday, 10:30am–12pm, Fernow Hall G24

Syllabus (available for enrolled students only):
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Learning objectives

  1. Explore the history of social-ecological forces that shape our cities
  2. Examine and contrast contemporary “green cities” frameworks
  3. Apply “green cities” framework to urban environmental education

Syllabus at a glance
Week 1 — Context and history of green cities
Week 2 — Contemporary “green cities” frameworks: Timothy Beatley, Eric Sanderson, Andrew Light, Julian Agyeman, and Randolph Hester
Week 3 — Other academic perspectives applicable to green cities: civic ecology, environmental justice, sense of place, environmental art, environmental governance, sustainable development goals
Week 4 — Integrating “green cities” ideas in urban environmental education
Week 5 — Individual projects writing and discussions
Week 6 — Course wrap-up, and communication of individual projects (ebook, social media)

Student Project Presentations

  • When: August 3, 2018 at 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Where: Fernow Hall G24
  • What: 7 essay and 2 video project presentations
  • Anyone interested in urban sustainability is invited
  • Coffee and refreshments will be served