• Required
  • Elective
  • Infusion
Course Credits Semester & time Professor / Course No
Capstone Course in Sustainability Provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their coursework and experiences in sustainability.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
MW 2:30-4:00
Amengual
15.878
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
MW 2:30-4:00
Amengual
15.878
Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab) Work with a variety of companies and organizations on sustainable business strategy, and learn tools for evaluating strategies.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TR 10-11:30
Amengual, Jay, Sterman
15.915
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
TR 10-11:30
Amengual, Jay, Sterman
15.915
Strategies for Sustainable Business Learn how businesses can succeed while tackling sustainability challenges.  First half (H1) of S-Lab course.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TR 10:00-11:30
Jay, Sterman
15.913
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
TR 10:00-11:30
Jay, Sterman
15.913
System Dynamics  Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. 
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Various
Morrison
15.871
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
Various
Morrison
15.871
Applied Macro- and International Economics II (Macroeconomic Development and Sustainability) 15.014 focuses on using case studies to investigate the macroenvironment in which firms operate. The course is divided in five parts.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Rigobon
15.014
9 Cr. Spring ‘17
Rigobon
15.014
Choice Points: Readings on the Exercise of Power & Responsibility Examines conflicts between power and moral responsibility and contexts for choice. Available to Sloan Fellows only.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘17
F 10:00-12:00
McKersie
15.268
9 Cr. Spring ‘17
F 10:00-12:00
McKersie
15.268
D-Lab: Development Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Enrollment limited by lottery; must attend first class session. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
MWF 3:30-5:00
Hsu, Sanyal, Smith
EC.781J
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
MWF 3:30-5:00
Hsu, Sanyal, Smith
EC.781J
D-Lab: Energy Provides a project-based approach that engages students in understanding and addressing the applications of alternative energy technology in developing countries. Focuses on compact, robust, low-cost systems for generating electrical power. Enrollment limited by lottery; must attend first class session. 
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
WF 12-3
Gandhi, Hsu
EC.791
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
WF 12-3
Gandhi, Hsu
EC.791
D-Lab: Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT) Explores the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to address specific needs in developing countries. Culminates in a final project to be deployed in the field. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Fletcher, Smith
EC.782
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
Fletcher, Smith
EC.782
D-Lab: Waste A multidisciplinary approach to managing waste in low- and middle-income countries with strategies that diminish greenhouse gas emissions and provide enterprise opportunities for marginalized populations in cities in Africa, India, and Latin America. 
9 Cr.
Fall ‘16
T,Th 3:00-4:30
Mytty
EC.786
9 Cr. Fall ‘16
T,Th 3:00-4:30
Mytty
EC.786
Design For Sustainability Presents thought processes and quantitative tools, including life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the LEED and ENVSION rating systems
6 Cr.
Fall ‘16
TBD
Ochsendorf
1.819J
4.447J
6 Cr. Fall ‘16
TBD
Ochsendorf
1.819J
4.447J
Development Ventures An exploratory developmental entrepreneurship action lab on founding, financing, and building high-impact viable ventures in developing nations and emerging regions for underserved customers everywhere. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Th 10:00-12:00
Bonsen, Pentland
15.375
EC.731 / MAS.665
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
Th 10:00-12:00
Bonsen, Pentland
15.375
EC.731 / MAS.665
Ecological Urbanism Seminar Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
M 2-5
Spirn
11.30
4.213
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
M 2-5
Spirn
11.30
4.213
Economic Development and Policy Analysis Examines the process of economic development to understand why some countries or regions within countries have increased their incomes and reduced their poverty faster than others.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Amsden
11.491J
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
Amsden
11.491J
Effective Business Models in Frontier Markets Examines how new approaches to operations, revenue, marketing, finance, and strategy enable improved social outcomes in resource-limited settings across Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TTh 1:00-2:30
Sastry
15.232
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
TTh 1:00-2:30
Sastry
15.232
Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation Policy implications and basic understanding of energy technologies and their climate impacts.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘16
Trancik
ESD.124
12 Cr. Spring ‘16
Trancik
ESD.124
Energy Ventures Write a business plan for an energy startup or corporate venture.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Th, F 5:00-8:00
Aulet, Hynes, O'Sullivan
15.366
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
Th, F 5:00-8:00
Aulet, Hynes, O'Sullivan
15.366
Energy, Economics, and Policy Economic evaluation of policy options and implications in energy and climate domain.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TR 2:30-4:00, R 4:00-5:00
Knittel
15.038
14.444
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
TR 2:30-4:00, R 4:00-5:00
Knittel
15.038
14.444
Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing Measure and manage energy use, material use, and environmental impact of manufacturing.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Gutowski
2.813
2.83
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
Gutowski
2.813
2.83
Engineering, Economics, and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector  An in-depth interdisciplinary perspective of the electric power sector, with regulation
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
MW 10:30-12
Knittel, Lopez, Perez-Arriaga
15.032J
6.695/ESD.162
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
MW 10:30-12
Knittel, Lopez, Perez-Arriaga
15.032J
6.695/ESD.162
Environmental Conflict and Social Change Explores the complex interrelationships among humans and natural environments, focusing on non-western parts of the world in addition to Europe and the United States.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Th 1:00-4:00
Walley
STS.320J
21A.429
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
Th 1:00-4:00
Walley
STS.320J
21A.429
Environmental Justice: Law and Policy Introduces frameworks for analyzing and addressing inequalities in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
M 2-5
Steil
11.368
11.148
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
M 2-5
Steil
11.368
11.148
Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Pollution Prevention and Control Reviews and analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous wastes, green-house gas emissions, and the production and use of toxic chemicals. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
TR 3:30-5:00
Ashford, Caldart
15.663
1.811J/11.630J
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
TR 3:30-5:00
Ashford, Caldart
15.663
1.811J/11.630J
Environmental Technologies in Buildings The study of the thermal, luminous and acoustical behavior of buildings
9 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Reinhart
4.464
9 Cr. Fall ‘16
Reinhart
4.464
Ethical Practice: Leading Through Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and System Design Introduction to ethics in business, with a focus on business management. Students explore theoretical concepts in business ethics, and cases representing the challenges they will likely face as managers.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
MW 1:00-2:30
Hafrey
15.270
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
MW 1:00-2:30
Hafrey
15.270
Global Engineering Combines rigorous engineering theory and user-centered product design to create technologies for developing and emerging markets.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
MW 1:00-2:30
Susskind, Winter
2.760
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
MW 1:00-2:30
Susskind, Winter
2.760
Global Supply Chain Management Analyze and optimize supply chains for environmental impact.  Light touch on life cycle analysis. 
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Th 10-12
Arntzen
15.765J
ESD.265
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
Th 10-12
Arntzen
15.765J
ESD.265
Institutions of Capitalism and Market Society This course explroes the question do markets constitute a morally fair and economically efficient means of social organization.
ARR
Spring ‘16
T 2:00-5:00
Jackson
11.S948
ARR Spring ‘16
T 2:00-5:00
Jackson
11.S948
Intro to Environmental Policy and Planning Environmental policy, and the social processes behind its development and implementation.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
TR 9:30-11:00
Susskind
11.601
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
TR 9:30-11:00
Susskind
11.601
Intro to International Development Planning Basics of international development from planning perspective.  Integrated socio-economic and environmental approach.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
TR 9:30-11:00
Rajagopal
11.701
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
TR 9:30-11:00
Rajagopal
11.701
Land, Water, Food, and Climate Seminar examines food production in a changing world, with an emphasis on key scientific questions about the connections between natural resources, climate, and agriculture.
6 Cr.
Spring ‘16
McLaughlin
1.74
6 Cr. Spring ‘16
McLaughlin
1.74
Landscapes of Energy Spatializes large technological systems of energy, analyzes existing and speculative energy visions, and imagines energy futures in relation to concerns of ecology, politics, and aesthetics.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
T 9-12
Ghosn
4.227
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
T 9-12
Ghosn
4.227
Leadership Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems Action learning course with soft-skills-focused sustainability projects.  Leadership elective.
15 Cr.
Fall ‘16
M 2:30-5:30
Orlikowski, Senge
15.569
15 Cr. Fall ‘16
M 2:30-5:30
Orlikowski, Senge
15.569
Macro & International Economics Macro & International Economics
6 Cr.
Fall ‘16
Various
Cavallo, Rigobon
15.015
6 Cr. Fall ‘16
Various
Cavallo, Rigobon
15.015
Management of Services: Concepts, Design, & Delivery Operations course focused on service industry; emphasis on social/labor dimensions.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘17
MW 10:00-11:30
Ton
15.768
9 Cr. Spring ‘17
MW 10:00-11:30
Ton
15.768
Managing Sustainable Business for People and Profits Examines the role of business, alongside government and labor, in creating good quality jobs in a vibrant, equitable economy.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
R 4:00-7:00
Kochan
15.662
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
R 4:00-7:00
Kochan
15.662
Modeling Urban Energy Flows for Sustainable Cities and Neighborhoods The primary focus of this subject is the study and simulation of energy and material flows in and around groups of buildings for a specific climate
12 Cr.
Spring ‘16
https:
/architecture.mit.edu/subject/spring-2016-4432
12 Cr. Spring ‘16

https:
/architecture.mit.edu/subject/spring-2016-4432
Navigating Power in Water and Sanitation Planning Inform and navigate the power dynamics at play in decision-making processes that govern the planning and delivery of water and sanitation systems.
ARR
Spring ‘17
Carolini
11.475
ARR Spring ‘17
Carolini
11.475
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in the Public Sector Builds insight and skills about multi-party negotiation and consensus building. Relevant to all multi-sectoral work.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Susskind
11.255
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
Susskind
11.255
Product Design and Development Project-based course on product design; teaches design for environment.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TR 1:00-2:30
TR 2:30-4:00
Arul, Eppinger, Kressy, Yang
15.783
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
TR 1:00-2:30
TR 2:30-4:00
Arul, Eppinger, Kressy, Yang
15.783
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy Examines the role of science in the U.S. environmental policymaking process.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘16
M 3:00-6:00
Solomon
11.373
12.885
9 Cr. Fall ‘16
M 3:00-6:00
Solomon
11.373
12.885
Social Impact Investing This course provides an introduction to social impact investing – an investment approach intentionally seeking to create both financial return and positive social impact that is actively measured. 
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Th 2:00-4:00
Rao
15.S08
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
Th 2:00-4:00
Rao
15.S08
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sustainability-Oriented Innovation
9 Cr.
Spring ‘17
TR 1:00-2:30
Jay
15.385
9 Cr. Spring ‘17
TR 1:00-2:30
Jay
15.385
SSIM:  Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Strategies for a Sustainable Future Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Strategies for a Sustainable Future
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Michaels
15.S05
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
Michaels
15.S05
SSIM:  Finance Ethics and Social Responsibility Finance Ethics and Social Responsibility
6 Cr.
Fall ‘16
MW 4:00-5:30
Hafrey
15.S06
6 Cr. Fall ‘16
MW 4:00-5:30
Hafrey
15.S06
SSIM: Technology, Design, and Entrepreneurship:  Operating in Emerging Communities TATA Seminar
6 Cr.
Spring ‘16
R 4:00-7:00
Fine, Stoner, Vaishnav
15.S14
6 Cr. Spring ‘16
R 4:00-7:00
Fine, Stoner, Vaishnav
15.S14
Strategic Opportunities in Energy Corporate/Entrepreneurial strategy concepts in context of energy.  Develop team project.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘16
MW 4:00-6:00
Weil
15.933
6 Cr. Fall ‘16
MW 4:00-6:00
Weil
15.933
Sustainability-Oriented Innovation Students work individually or in teams to develop a business plan for an enterprise (for- or nonprofit) to solve a social problem.
ARR
Spring ‘16
TR 2:30-4:00
Jay
15.385
ARR Spring ‘16
TR 2:30-4:00
Jay
15.385
Sustainable Energy Engineering-focused course on energy production and distribution.  Highly Quantitative.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
TR 3:00-5:00, F 1:00
Golay
11.371
2.65/2.650/10.291/10.391/22.081/22.811
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
TR 3:00-5:00, F 1:00
Golay
11.371
2.65/2.650/10.291/10.391/22.081/22.811
Sustainable Supply Chain Management Focus on the fundamental tools and techniques required to analyze and design environmentally sustainable supply chain systems.
ARR
Spring ‘17
W 4:00-7:00
Velazquez
SCM.290
ARR Spring ‘17
W 4:00-7:00
Velazquez
SCM.290
System Dynamics II Continuation of 15.871, emphasizing tools and methods needed to apply systems thinking and simulation modeling successfully in complex real-world settings. 
6 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Various
Morrison
15.872
6 Cr. Spring ‘17
Various
Morrison
15.872
Technology, Globalization, & Sustainable Development Lecture course on governmental policies for encouraging sustainable growth, improving the environment, and advancing employment in developed and developing countries.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘16
W 4:00-6:30
Ashford, Hall
15.657
ESD.137
12 Cr. Fall ‘16
W 4:00-6:30
Ashford, Hall
15.657
ESD.137
Transportation Policy, the Environment, and Livable Communities Examines transportation policymaking, its relationship to environmental politics, and implementation and instutional behavior
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
Coughlin, Salvucci
1.253J
11.543J/ESD.222J
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
Coughlin, Salvucci
1.253J
11.543J/ESD.222J
U-Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self Personal reflection and leadership development in context of sustainability, broadly defined.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘16
T 5:30-9:00
Scharmer
15.671
6 Cr. Fall ‘16
T 5:30-9:00
Scharmer
15.671
Urban Ecology: Plants, People and Climate Change Urban ecology can be distinguished from its natural systems counterpart by the integration of human cultural practices into the study of biological and geological systems. 
ARR
Spring ‘17
T,Th 2-3:30
Tredici
11.S938
ARR Spring ‘17
T,Th 2-3:30
Tredici
11.S938
Urban Labor Markets and Employment Policy Socio-economic focus on human resource management and labor policy. Lectures, cases, writing.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
F 9:00-12:00
15.677
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
F 9:00-12:00

15.677
Urban Sustainability in Action Practicum with community-focused action learning project.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘17
R 2:00-5:00
11.376
12 Cr. Spring ‘17
R 2:00-5:00

11.376
Water Planning: Policy and Design Focuses on water in environmental planning, policy, and design. 
ARR
Fall ‘16
T 9-12
Wesocat
11.378
ARR Fall ‘16
T 9-12
Wesocat
11.378
Water Resource Systems Surveys optimization and simulation methods for management of water resources. Case studies illustrate linear, quadratic, nonlinear programming and real-time control.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘17
TR 2:30-4:00
McLaughlin
1.731
1.075
12 Cr. Fall ‘17
TR 2:30-4:00
McLaughlin
1.731
1.075
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Sanitation in Low-Income Countries Technology and policy options for improving access to clean water and sanitation globally.
ARR
Spring ‘17
Murcott
1.851
11.479J
ARR Spring ‘17
Murcott
1.851
11.479J