• Required for Certificate
  • Elective for Certificate
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Course title & description Course # Term Professor
  15.878 Spring ‘14 Amengual Capstone Course in Sustainability

Provides an opportunity for students to synthesize their coursework and experiences in sustainability.

  • Course # 15.878
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Amengual
  15.915 Spring ‘14 Amengual, Jay, Sterman Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab)

Work with a variety of companies and organizations on sustainable business strategy, and learn tools for evaluating strategies.

  • Course # 15.915
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Amengual, Jay, Sterman
  15.913 Spring ‘14 Amengual, Jay, Sterman Strategies for Sustainable Business

Learn how businesses can succeed while tackling sustainability challenges.  First half (H1) of S-Lab course.

  • Course # 15.913
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Amengual, Jay, Sterman
  15.871 Spring ‘14 Morrison System Dynamics

 Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. 

  • Course # 15.871
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Morrison
  15.014 Spring ‘13 Rigobon Applied Macro- and International Economics II (Macroeconomic Development and Sustainability)

Macro-econ focused on sustainability; has pre-requisite.

  • Course # 15.014
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Rigobon
  15.232 Fall ‘13 Sastry Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets

Tackle health challenges in developing world through new business models.

  • Course # 15.232
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Sastry
  15.268 Spring ‘14 McKersie 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.

  • Course # 15.268
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor McKersie
  EC.792J Spring ‘ Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development

Enhances cross-cultural understanding through discussion of practical, ethical, and epistemological issues in conducting social science and applied research in foreign countries or unfamiliar communities. Includes research practicum to help students develop interviewing, participant-observation, and other qualitative research skills, as well as critical discussion of case studies. Open to all interested students, but intended particularly for those planning to undertake exploratory research or applied work abroad. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. 

  • Course # EC.792J
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  EC.781J Spring ‘ D-Lab: Development

Issues in international development, appropriate technology and project implementation addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with community organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an optional IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Recitation sections focus on specific project implementation, and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the target countries as well as an introduction to the local languages. Enrollment limited by lottery; must attend first class session. 

  • Course # EC.781J
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  EC.791 Spring ‘ 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. Includes projects such as micro-hydro, solar, or wind turbine generators along with theoretical analysis, design, prototype construction, evaluation and implementation. Students will have the opportunity for an optional spring break site visit to identify and implement projects. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Enrollment limited by lottery; must attend first class session. 

  • Course # EC.791
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  EC.782 Spring ‘ 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. Establishes knowledge and engineering skills needed to successfully deploy an ICT project, with a focus on appropriateness, transferability, and long-term sustainability. The first half of term presents an introduction to communication hardware, including antenna design, RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and low-power sensors. Second half covers development of mobile phone applications and server communications, as well as system architecture for data collection and mapping. Students work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with local community partners. Culminates in a final project to be deployed in the field. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignment related to the term project. 

  • Course # EC.782
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  EC.786 Spring ‘ D-Lab: Waste

Provides 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. Studies waste management strategies in cities in Africa, India, and Latin America; examines case studies of collection, recycling, and waste-to-energy businesses developed in low-income settings; and researches public policy that supports sustainable, integrated, solid waste management systems. Student teams develop waste management strategies that culminate in a two-week IAP trip to Nicaragua where students will work with a local NGO and the municipality to assist in the implementation of waste management initiatives. Includes guest speakers and field trips. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. 

  • Course # EC.786
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
EC.731/ MAS.665
Fall ‘13 Bonsen, Pentland Development Ventures

MIT Emerging Market Innovations Seminar

  • Course # 15.375
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Bonsen, Pentland
Fall ‘ Michaels Enabling an Energy-Efficient Society

Overview of energy efficiency policy and practice, focused on buildings.  Lectures, guests.

  • Course # 15.231J
  • Term Fall ‘
  • Professor Michaels
Fall ‘13 Michaels Enabling an Energy-Efficient Society

Overview of energy efficiency policy and practice, focused on buildings.  Lectures, guests.

  • Course # 15.231
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Michaels
  15.038 Spring ‘14 Knittel Energy Economics and Policy

Economic evaluation of policy options and implications in energy and climate domain.

  • Course # 15.038
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Knittel
Spring ‘12 Hammer Energy Policy for a Sustainable Future

Energy policy and implications for building and urban design.

  • Course # 17.398
  • Term Spring ‘12
  • Professor Hammer
  ESD.124 Fall ‘12 Trancik Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation

Policy implications and basic understanding of energy technologies and their climate impacts.

  • Course # ESD.124
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Trancik
  15.366 Fall ‘13 Aulet, Hynes Energy Ventures

Write a business plan for an energy startup or corporate venture.

  • Course # 15.366
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Aulet, Hynes
Spring ‘14 Gutowski Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing

Measure and manage energy use, material use, and environmental impact of manufacturing.

  • Course # 2.813
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Gutowski
  15.383 Fall ‘12 Locke Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Economic Development: The Case of Puerto Rico

Action learning in PR. Business development for PR entrepreneurs.

  • Course # 15.383
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Locke
Spring ‘13 Walley Environment 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.

  • Course # STS.320J
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Walley
  12.885 Fall ‘13 Solomon Environmental Science and Society

Role of env. science in public policy, public perceptions, culture.

  • Course # 12.885
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Solomon
  15.270 Spring ‘ Hafrey 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. Opportunity to work with guest faculty as well as business and other professional practitioners. Individual sessions take the form of moderated discussion, with occasional short lectures from instructor.

  • Course # 15.270
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor Hafrey
  15.270 Spring ‘14 Hafrey Ethical Practice: Professionalism, Social Responsibility, and the Purpose of the Corporation

Reflect on social purpose of business, in light of history, philosophy.

  • Course # 15.270
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Hafrey
  MAS.S64 Fall ‘13 Bonanni, Bonsen, Parkes Future Craft: Sustainability Products & Ventures

Look at new ways of making things and re-shape business, technology, and design.

  • Course # MAS.S64
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Bonanni, Bonsen, Parkes
  15.395 Fall ‘13 Johnson G-LAB I: Entrepreneurs without Borders

This course focuses on measuring and understanding what kinds of entrepreneurship thrive in different countries, and it develops analytical diagnostic frameworks that can be used to better understand any situation.

  • Course # 15.395
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Johnson
  15.389 Fall ‘13 G-Lab II:


  • Course # 15.389
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor
  11.S950 Fall ‘13 Glasmeier, Lessard Geography of Global Energy Systems in Transition: Russia, China and the US

Learn how to use geospatial tools to answer important energy policy questions in a fun, experimental, six-week, hands-on course.

  • Course # 11.S950
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Glasmeier, Lessard
Spring ‘ Global Climate Change

Science, policy, and economic approaches to climate change, using integrated assessment modeling.

  • Course # 15.023J
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
Fall ‘13 Selin Global Environmental Science and Politics

Practical introduction to the international environmental political arena, particularly designed for science and engineering students whose work is potentially relevant to global environmental issues.

  • Course # ESD.110
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Selin
  15.233 Spring ‘ Global Health Lab

Pairs faculty-mentored student teams with enterprises on the front lines of health care delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Custom-designed projects in strategy, business model innovation, operations, marketing, and technology designed to tackle specific barriers identified by each partnering organization. Interactive cases, practical exercises, and conversations with experts, all designed to support project work before, during, and after an intensive two-week onsite collaboration with entrepreneurs, leaders, staff, and stakeholders. Assignments include a portfolio of host deliverables, a foundational toolkit designed to support each project, and a distillation of learning from the field. Enrolled students must be available to work on site in Africa or South Asia for the entire weeks of SIP and Spring Break. Admission by application and interview in the prior November and December. Preference to students who have taken 15.232. Graduate students only.

  • Course # 15.233
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  15.765 Spring ‘14 Arntzen Global Supply Chain Management

Course material and assignments have strong emphasis on ethical sourcing and green supply chain management

  • Course # 15.765
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Arntzen
  15.S07 Spring ‘13 Sastry, Shames, Wilkinson GlobalHealth Lab

To tackle specific barriers identified by each partnering organization, the course is built around custom-designed projects in strategy, business model innovation, operations, marketing, and technology.

  • Course # 15.S07
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Sastry, Shames, Wilkinson
  ESD.S43 Spring ‘14 Blanco Green Supply Chain Management

Focus on the fundamental tools and techniques required to analyze and design environmentally sustainable supply chain systems.

  • Course # ESD.S43
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Blanco
  ESD.S43 Spring ‘ Green Supply Chain Management

Analyze and optimize supply chains for environmental impact.  Light touch on life cycle analysis. 

  • Course # ESD.S43
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
Spring ‘11 Industrial Ecology

Measure and manage environmental impact of production.  Life cycle analysis, material flow analysis.  Hard skills useful in business or policy.

  • Course # ESD.123
  • Term Spring ‘11
  • Professor
Spring ‘14 Afeyan, Murray, Perez-Breva Innovation Teams

Build commercialization strategies for MIT technologies.

  • Course # 15.371
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Afeyan, Murray, Perez-Breva
  11.601 Fall ‘13 Susskind Intro to Environmental Policy and Planning

Environmental policy, and the social processes behind its development and implementation.

  • Course # 11.601
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Susskind
  11.701 Fall ‘13 Rajagopal Intro to International Development Planning

Basics of international development from planning perspective.  Integrated socio-economic and environmental approach.

  • Course # 11.701
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Rajagopal
  15.569 Fall ‘12 Orlikowski, Senge Leadership Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems

Action learning course with soft-skills-focused sustainability projects.  Leadership elective.

  • Course # 15.569
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Orlikowski, Senge
  15.768 Spring ‘14 Ton Management of Services: Concepts, Design, & Delivery

Operations course focused on service industry; emphasis on social/labor dimensions.

  • Course # 15.768
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Ton
  11.S943 Fall ‘12 Carolini Navigating Politics and 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.

  • Course # 11.S943
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Carolini
  11.255 Spring ‘14 Susskind 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.

  • Course # 11.255
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Susskind
  15.783 Spring ‘14 Eppinger, Seering Product Design and Development

Project-based course on product design; teaches design for environment.

  • Course # 15.783
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Eppinger, Seering
  15.S02 Fall ‘12 Sastry SSiM: Business Models for Scale and Sustainability in Global Health

Tackles issues involved in delivering healthcare where it’s most needed, focusing on promising novel approaches taken by enterprises in India, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the US, and elsewhere.

  • Course # 15.S02
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Sastry
  15.S15 Spring ‘14 Quadir SSiM: Entrepreneurship and Prosperity in Low-Income Countries

This course examines how innovations and entrepreneurship can give rise to prosperity in low- income countries, and helps students participate in that opportunity.

  • Course # 15.S15
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Quadir
  15.S07 Spring ‘13 Sastry, Shames, Wilkinson SSiM: Global Health Lab

Action-based course that takes on practical challenges at the front lines of healthcare delivery.

  • Course # 15.S07
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Sastry, Shames, Wilkinson
  15.S06 Spring ‘13 Dyer, Kochan SSiM: Managing Sustainabile Business for People and Profit

Focus on managing people and contributing to social sustainability in global enterprise.  Cases, lectures, guests.

  • Course # 15.S06
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Dyer, Kochan
  15.S23 Fall ‘13 Scharmer SSiM: U-Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self

Personal reflection and leadership development in context of sustainability, broadly defined.

  • Course # 15.S23
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Scharmer
  11.373 Fall ‘11 Layzer Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy

Examines the role of science in the U.S. environmental policymaking process.

  • Course # 11.373
  • Term Fall ‘11
  • Professor Layzer
  15.385 Spring ‘13 Wolk Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Write a business plan for a socially-minded enterprise.  For-profit/hybrid focus. Lectures, guests.

  • Course # 15.385
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Wolk
  15.933 Fall ‘12 Weil Strategic Opportunities in Energy

Corporate/Entrepreneurial strategy concepts in context of energy.  Develop team project.

  • Course # 15.933
  • Term Fall ‘12
  • Professor Weil
Fall ‘13 Field, Gleason, Golay , Wright Sustainable Energy

Engineering-focused course on energy production and distribution.  Highly Quantitative.

  • Course # ESD.166
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Field, Gleason, Golay , Wright
Fall ‘13 Ashford, Hall Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development

Lecture course on governmental policies for encouraging sustainable growth, improving the environment, and advancing employment in developed and developing countries.

  • Course # 15.657
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Ashford, Hall
  15.677 Spring ‘13 Osterman Urban Labor Markets and Employment Policy

Socio-economic focus on human resource management and labor policy. Lectures, cases, writing.

  • Course # 15.677
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Osterman
  11.376 Spring ‘13 Layzer Urban Sustainability in Action

Practicum with community-focused action learning project.

  • Course # 11.376
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Layzer
Spring ‘14 Murcott Water & Sanitation Infrastructure in Developing Countries

Technology and policy options for improving access to clean water and sanitation globally.

  • Course # 11.479
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Murcott
Spring ‘ Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Sanitation in Low-Income Countries

Name changed from Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Infrastructure in Developing Countries Technology and policy options for improving access to clean water and sanitation globally.

  • Course # 1.851
  • Term Spring ‘
  • Professor
  15.060 Fall ‘13 Multiple faculty Data, Models, and Decisions

MBA core course.  Includes case on Vermont Electric Power.

  • Course # 15.060
  • Term Fall ‘13
  • Professor Multiple faculty
  15.761 Spring ‘14 Zaman, Zheng Introduction to Operations Management

MBA core elective.  Includes case on electronics recycling, and sustainability theme in classroom discussions.

  • Course # 15.761
  • Term Spring ‘14
  • Professor Zaman, Zheng
  15.464 Spring ‘13 Myers Valuation

Finance course that teaches valuation of hard asset investments, and includes Cape Wind case

  • Course # 15.464
  • Term Spring ‘13
  • Professor Myers