Lectures


Please consider this to be a "living" document that will change slightly as the semester progresses. Why? Your instructors aim to be responsive to your interests and questions. As a result, the course is taught differently each year. We will fine tune the list of topics as the course progresses.

Bring your clickers to lecture!

The readings will help you prepare for lecture, lab, and the weekly quiz. Look at them before (and after) lectures.

Readings marked with a * are for you to quickly peruse, only.

The quizzes are "low stakes testing" and give you on-going feedback. All questions are preannounced - just click on the link.

After lecture, the powerpoint slides will be posted in this Dropbox folder. Sorry, for several reasons, we cannot post the slides prior to lecture.

Week

Lecture topic

Readings

Quiz questions

1A

1/21

Living, learning, & life on our campus
Course web site (you are on it)
Office of Sustainability*
Envisioning a Sustainable World

Questions 1AB

1B

1/23

Energy at UW-Madison
Guest: Faramarz Vakili

Bring your lab manual to lecture.

WE CONSERVE*
WID receives award ...

How Bad Are Bananas?
Pages 1-15, Introduction
Pages 16-23, Under 10 grams
Pages 56-60, a unit of electricity

Questions 1AB

2A

1/28

Energy at UW-Madison
Guest: Faramarz Vakili

Bring your lab manual to lecture.

How Bad Are Bananas?
Pages 24-36, 10 grams to 100 grams
Pages 37-76, 100 grams to 1 kilo

SustEnergy What the reviewers say*
SustEnergy 1 - Motivations
SustEnergy 2 - The balance sheet
SustEnergy 9 - Light
SustEnergy 11 - Gadgets


Questions 2AB

2B

1/30

Quiz 1AB (first thing)

The rest of the class is on-line:

Own Space Own Pace
Light bulbs 2014

 


Questions 2AB
Quiz on 1AB

3A

2/4

Energy at UW-Madison
Guests: Tim Lindstrom, Randy Hager

The Conundrum
Chapter 1 - The Conundrum
Chapter 34 - The Conundrum

Questions 3AB

3B

2/6

Energy at UW-Madison
Guest: Caitlin Iverson

The Conundrum
Chapter 16 - Increased efficiency is not the answer
Chapter 17 - William Stanley Jevons

SustEnergy 1-Motivations (review)

How Bad Are Bananas? (review)
Pages 1-15, Introduction

Quiz on 2AB

4A

2/11

Energy at UW-Madison


Questions 4AB

4B

2/13

Energy at UW-Madison
Guest: Kata Dosa

Quiz on 3A, 3B

5A

2/18

Energy at UW-Madison

 

The Conundrum
Chapter 2 – Setting things on Fire
Chapter 3 – Fossil Fuels as Credit Card
Chapter 23 – Natural gas is not an environmental solution
Chapter 34 – The conundrum (review)

Questions 5AB

5B

2/20

Energy at UW-Madison
Guest: Kata Dosa

Charter Street Plant Keeps Campus Comfortable
Campus Utility Master Plan 2005 (skim)

The Conundrum
Chapter 23 - Plentiful, inexpensive natural gas is not an environmental solution

Quiz on 4A, 4B

6A

2/25

Energy at UW-Madison

SustEnergy 23 - Sustainable fossil fuels?

The Conundrum
Chapter 11 – Why Oil is Worse Than Coal

Quiz on 5A, 5B

Questions 6AB

 

6B

2/27

2014 Sustainability Forum
Greg Nemet
Town Hall at the WID

 WE CONSERVE (review)
Office of Sustainability (review)

 

7A

3/4

Exam #1 (in class)


covers 1A-5B

7B

3/6

Sustainability at UW-Madison
Guest: John Nelson


 

8A

3/11

The Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Guest: Camille Zanoni

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Basics of the carbon cycle (NOAA)

Questions 8AB

8B

3/13

On-line class today!

Ozone!
Available in lecture as well

Own Space, Own Pace - Ozone!

 

9A

3/18

SPRING BREAK



9B

3/20

SPRING BREAK

Elephants in the Garden (book review of Just Food)

Breeze throuh Just Food over the break to give yourself a head start on the second half of the course. It's a good read!

 

10A

3/25

Carbon at UW-Madison
Guest: Dan Vimont

Air Quality (recap)

WPR interview of Dan Vimont (first 11 minutes only, after this WPR does fund-raising)

Questions 10AB

10B

3/27

Food at UW-Madison

Just Food
Introduction
Chapter 1- Food Miles or Friendly Miles?
Chapter 2 - Organic Panic
Chapter 4 - Meat: the New Cavier


Quiz on 8A, 8B

11A

4/1

Food at UW-Madison

Guest: Tom Bryan

SustEnergy 13 - Food & Farming

How Bad Are Bananas?
More about food (last chapter in book)

Questions 11AB

11B

4/3

Food at UW-Madison

Just Food
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Food miles or friendly miles?


Chapter 5 - Merging Ecology and Economy
Conclusion


Quiz on 10A, 10B

12A

4/8

Food at UW-Madison

The Conundrum
Chapter 12 - Let them eat kale

Questions 12AB

12B

4/10

Food at UW-Madison
Guest: Travis Blomberg

The Conundrum
Chapter 19 - How increasing efficiency causes energy consumption to rise


Quiz on 11A, 11B

13A

4/15

Food at UW-Madison

How Bad Are Bananas?
Pages 1-15, Introduction (review)

Questions 13AB

13B

4/17

Trash at UW-Madison
Guest: Frank Kooistra

The Great Food Waste Scandal (TED talk)


Quiz on 12A, 12B

14A

4/22

Trash at UW-Madison

How Bad Are Bananas?
Page 17, A cup of tap water
Page 44, A 500 mL bottle of water
Pagae 82, 1 kg of plastic

Questions 14AB

14B

4/24

Trash at UW-Madison
Guests: Aaron Conradt, Laura Shere
(WE CONSERVE & UW Housing)

 

Quiz on 13A, 13B

15A

4/29

Exam #2 (in class)

 

covers 6A-14A

15B

5/1

Trash at UW-Madison
Guests: Emily Baumann and Katelyn Budke

Styrocycle!


Questions on 15B

16A

5/6

Trash at UW-Madison

+ 4 Student projects


Questions on 16A

16B

5/8

Trash at UW-Madison

+ 4 Student projects

Quiz on 14B, 15B, 16A