Course Description

The urban context in which city engineers practice is increasingly complex, as the human-built environment becomes increasingly entangled with social, economic, and ecological systems and sub-systems.

The new reality in cities demands that engineers be stewards of the environment as well as experts in the technical aspects of infrastructure design, construction, operation, and maintenance. But, what does environmental stewardship in engineering practice mean?  How can engineering students prepare themselves for the grand challenges they will face in their future practice?

In CIVL 475, you explore these questions by learning about the ecosystem approach and then co-creating knowledge of how this perspective plays out in aspects of urban infrastructure design, operations, and policy.  In doing so you learn about selected aspects of a variety of urban infrastructure systems, including ecological infrastructure, energy, water, transportation, and more. Critically, interactions between urban infrastructure systems and selected societal issues and policies related to these systems, are uncovered.

This course is intended for the mature learner who is able to direct his/her learning toward personal interests related to environmental stewardship and engineering practice.