• 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 ‘14
Amengual
15.878
6 Cr. Spring ‘14
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 ‘14
Amengual, Jay, Sterman
15.915
6 Cr. Spring ‘14
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 ‘14
Amengual, Jay, Sterman
15.913
6 Cr. Spring ‘14
Amengual, Jay, Sterman
15.913
System Dynamics  Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modeling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. 
6 Cr.
Fall ‘14
Various
Rahmandad, Sterman
15.871
6 Cr. Fall ‘14
Various
Rahmandad, Sterman
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.
Fall ‘14
MW 8:30-10:00
MW 1:00-2:30
Rigobon
15.014
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
MW 8:30-10:00
MW 1:00-2:30
Rigobon
15.014
Business Model Innovation: Global Health in Frontier Markets Learn what works, what doesn’t, and why, with our examination of ambitious startups and inspiring leading-edge organizations that are remaking healthcare delivery across the globe.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘14
TTh 1:00-2:30
Sastry
15.232
6 Cr. Fall ‘14
TTh 1:00-2:30
Sastry
15.232
Chemicals in the Environment:  Fate and Transport For Institute students in all departments interested in the behavior of chemicals in the environment.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
TR 11:00-12:30
1.725J
ESD.151J
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
TR 11:00-12:30

1.725J
ESD.151J
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 ‘14
McKersie
15.268
9 Cr. Spring ‘14
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 ‘14
MWF 3:30-5:00
Sanyal, Smith
EC.781J
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
MWF 3:30-5:00
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 ‘14
WF 12-3
Gandhi, Hsu
EC.791
12 Cr. Spring ‘14
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 ‘14
Fletcher, Smith
EC.782
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
Fletcher, Smith
EC.782
D-Lab: Kuna Yala International development project focused on waste management, recycling, and income generation.
ARR
Fall ‘14
ARR
Blanco, Howe, Mcdonald
EC.S11
ARR Fall ‘14
ARR
Blanco, Howe, Mcdonald
EC.S11
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 ‘14
MW 3:00-4:30
F 2:00-4:00
McDonald
EC.786
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
MW 3:00-4:30
F 2:00-4:00
McDonald
EC.786
Design For Sustainability Presents thought processes and quantitative tools, including life-cycle assessment (LCA) and the LEED and ENVSION rating systems
ARR
Fall ‘14
R 12:30-2:30
Connor, Ochsendorf
1.819J
4.447J
ARR Fall ‘14
R 12:30-2:30
Connor, Ochsendorf
1.819J
4.447J
Designing and Sustaining Technology Innovation for Global Health Practice Course trains students to think and act like global health leaders and entrepreneurs.
ARR
Spring ‘15
15.127J
ARR Spring ‘15

15.127J
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 ‘14
Th 10:00-12:00
Bonsen, Pentland
15.375
EC.731 / MAS.665
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
Th 10:00-12:00
Bonsen, Pentland
15.375
EC.731 / MAS.665
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 ‘14
11.491J
12 Cr. Fall ‘14

11.491J
Energy Policy for a Sustainable Future Focuses on a wide range of current energy and energy-related environmental policies 
12 Cr.
Spring ‘15
17.398J
1.369J
12 Cr. Spring ‘15

17.398J
1.369J
Energy Systems and Climate Change Mitigation Policy implications and basic understanding of energy technologies and their climate impacts.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
MW 11:00-12:30
Trancik
ESD.124
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
MW 11:00-12:30
Trancik
ESD.124
Energy Ventures Write a business plan for an energy startup or corporate venture.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
ThF 10:30-12:00
ThF5:00-8:00
Aulet, Hynes, O'Sullivan
15.366
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
ThF 10:30-12:00
ThF5:00-8:00
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 ‘14
Knittel
15.038
12 Cr. Spring ‘14
Knittel
15.038
Energy, Materials, and Manufacturing Measure and manage energy use, material use, and environmental impact of manufacturing.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Gutowski
2.813
2.83
12 Cr. Spring ‘14
Gutowski
2.813
2.83
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.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘13
Walley
STS.320J
21A.429
12 Cr. Spring ‘13
Walley
STS.320J
21A.429
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 ‘14
Ashford, Caldart
ESD.133J
1.811J/11.630J
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
Ashford, Caldart
ESD.133J
1.811J/11.630J
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 ‘15
Hafrey
15.270
6 Cr. Spring ‘15
Hafrey
15.270
Food Systems and the Environment Explores the evolution of food production, from farm to plate, in the US and globally. 
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
T 2:00-5:00
Layzer
11.377
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
T 2:00-5:00
Layzer
11.377
Future Craft: Sustainability Products & Ventures Look at new ways of making things and re-shape business, technology, and design.
ARR
Fall ‘14
ARR
Bonanni, Bonsen, Parkes
MAS.S64
ARR Fall ‘14
ARR
Bonanni, Bonsen, Parkes
MAS.S64
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.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘13
Glasmeier, Lessard
11.S951
6 Cr. Fall ‘13
Glasmeier, Lessard
11.S951
Global Climate Change Science, policy, and economic approaches to climate change, using integrated assessment modeling.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Prinn
15.023J
12.848J/ESD.128J
9 Cr. Spring ‘14
Prinn
15.023J
12.848J/ESD.128J
Global Environmental Science and Negotiations Practical introduction to the international environmental political arena, particularly designed for science and engineering students whose work is potentially relevant to global environmental issues.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
T 1:30-4:30
Selin
ESD.110
12.846
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
T 1:30-4:30
Selin
ESD.110
12.846
Global Supply Chain Management Course material and assignments have strong emphasis on ethical sourcing and green supply chain management
6 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Arntzen
15.765
6 Cr. Spring ‘14
Arntzen
15.765
Green Supply Chain Management Analyze and optimize supply chains for environmental impact.  Light touch on life cycle analysis. 
6 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Blanco, Craig
ESD.S43
6 Cr. Spring ‘14
Blanco, Craig
ESD.S43
Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Development Advanced Seminar to PhD and Master students 
12 Cr.
Spring ‘15
Juma
000
12 Cr. Spring ‘15
Juma
000
Intro to Environmental Policy and Planning Environmental policy, and the social processes behind its development and implementation.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
TTh 9:30-11:00
Susskind
11.601
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
TTh 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 ‘14
TTh 9:30-11:00
Rajagopal
11.701
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
TTh 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 ‘15
McLaughlin
1.74
6 Cr. Spring ‘15
McLaughlin
1.74
Leadership Lab: Leading Sustainable Systems Action learning course with soft-skills-focused sustainability projects.  Leadership elective.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
M 2:30-5:30
Orlikowski, Senge
15.569
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
M 2:30-5:30
Orlikowski, Senge
15.569
Management of Services: Concepts, Design, & Delivery Operations course focused on service industry; emphasis on social/labor dimensions.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Ton
15.768
9 Cr. Spring ‘14
Ton
15.768
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.
ARR
Fall ‘14
Carolini
11.475
ARR Fall ‘14
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 ‘14
Susskind
11.255
12 Cr. Spring ‘14
Susskind
11.255
Product Design and Development Project-based course on product design; teaches design for environment.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘15
Eppinger, Seering
15.783
12 Cr. Spring ‘15
Eppinger, Seering
15.783
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy Examines the role of science in the U.S. environmental policymaking process.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
Layzer
11.373
12.885
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
Layzer
11.373
12.885
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Write a business plan for a socially-minded enterprise.  For-profit/hybrid focus. Lectures, guests.
9 Cr.
Spring ‘14
Wolk
15.385
9 Cr. Spring ‘14
Wolk
15.385
Strategic Opportunities in Energy Corporate/Entrepreneurial strategy concepts in context of energy.  Develop team project.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘14
MW 4:00-6:00
Weil
15.933
6 Cr. Fall ‘14
MW 4:00-6:00
Weil
15.933
Sustainable Energy Engineering-focused course on energy production and distribution.  Highly Quantitative.
12 Cr.
Fall ‘14
TTh 3:00-5:00
Field, Gleason, Golay , Wright
ESD.166
2.65/2.650/10.291/10.391/22.081/22.811
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
TTh 3:00-5:00
Field, Gleason, Golay , Wright
ESD.166
2.65/2.650/10.291/10.391/22.081/22.811
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 ‘14
W 4:00-6:30
Ashford, Hall
15.657
ESD.137
12 Cr. Fall ‘14
W 4:00-6:30
Ashford, Hall
15.657
ESD.137
Urban Labor Markets and Employment Policy Socio-economic focus on human resource management and labor policy. Lectures, cases, writing.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘15
Osterman
15.677
12 Cr. Spring ‘15
Osterman
15.677
Urban Sustainability in Action Practicum with community-focused action learning project.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘13
Layzer
11.376
12 Cr. Spring ‘13
Layzer
11.376
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.
ARR
Spring ‘14
Murcott
1.851
11.479J
ARR Spring ‘14
Murcott
1.851
11.479J
Data, Models, and Decisions MBA core course.  Includes case on Vermont Electric Power.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
Various
Multiple faculty
15.060
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
Various
Multiple faculty
15.060
Global Entrepreneurship I: Entrepreneurship 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.
6 Cr.
Fall ‘14
TTh 10:00-11:30
TTh 1:00-2:30
Johnson, Karplus
15.395
6 Cr. Fall ‘14
TTh 10:00-11:30
TTh 1:00-2:30
Johnson, Karplus
15.395
Global Entrepreneurship II: Global Entrepreneurship Lab Building upon 15.395, discusses the issues and policies that affect the climate for innovation and start-up success around the world.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
Various
Huang, Jester, Johnson
15.389
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
Various
Huang, Jester, Johnson
15.389
Innovation Teams Build commercialization strategies for MIT technologies.
12 Cr.
Spring ‘14
WF 4:30-7:30
WF 9:00-11:30
Afeyan, Murray, Perez-Breva
15.371
10.807
12 Cr. Spring ‘14
WF 4:30-7:30
WF 9:00-11:30
Afeyan, Murray, Perez-Breva
15.371
10.807
Introduction to Operations Management MBA core elective.  Includes case on electronics recycling, and sustainability theme in classroom discussions.
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
MW 1:00-2:30
F 2:00-3:00
Zaman, Zheng
15.761
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
MW 1:00-2:30
F 2:00-3:00
Zaman, Zheng
15.761
Organizational Processes Includes case on implementation of a sustainability initiative
9 Cr.
Fall ‘14
T,Th 1:00-2:30
Kellogg
15.311
9 Cr. Fall ‘14
T,Th 1:00-2:30
Kellogg
15.311
Valuation Finance course that teaches valuation of hard asset investments, and includes Cape Wind case
9 Cr.
Spring ‘13
Myers
15.464
9 Cr. Spring ‘13
Myers
15.464