The Age of Sustainability - Global on-line course on Sustainable Development
Jeffrey D. Sachs is offering a free, global, online university course called The Age of Sustainability beginning later in January. Dr. Sachs is Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and is Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, drawing on the most recent developments in the social, policy, and physical sciences. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth's physical environment. It also offers a broad overview of the key challenges and potential solutions to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century. The course will be part of a more general education program of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The SDSN mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable-development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. One of the SDSN’s key objectives is to reach students all over the world by developing and disseminating online materials for sustainable-development curricula. More than a dozen institutions have already committed to incorporating The Age of Sustainable Development into their own classes, tailored for their own local circumstances and issues.
Lead Organization: Sustainable Development Solutions Network