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Oregon Leadership in Sustainability

Program Overview

 Prologue Week Community Service Project 2014OLIS Prologue Week

This week-long intensive introduction (scheduled one week prior to the start of Fall term) prepares students for the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate certificate program through a combination of seminars and skills-building activities.

Sessions with local sustainability practitioners introduce incoming students to the broad scope of challenges and opportunities in the field.

Hands-on activities provide practice in leadership, self-awareness, critical thinking, persuasive communication, peer feedback and other teamwork skills. Team projects acquaint students with local sustainability challenges and organizations working to address them.

Prologue Week earns 1 credit toward OLIS 608 Fall Leadership Workshop.

OLIS Program Overview

Below you will find brief overviews of OLIS core classes. Please follow the links to learn more about the course instructors.  Elective courses offer the chance to take relevant classes in UO's many graduate programs. Each term, available electives change. Popular electives include Urban Revitalization, Landscape Perception, Sustainable Business, Industrial Ecology, Society & Climate Change, Grant Proposal Writing, Urban Farm, Climate Change Design, and Water & the Built Environment. For syllabi and more details, please visit Core Course Descriptions.

 

Course

Description

Instructor

Credits

Fall

PPPM 607: Sustainable Transportation Applied interdisciplinary transportation solutions, transportation and the impacts of smart growth and climate change, transportation and land use planning, scenario planning, urban design and transportation, traffic impact analysis, transit planning and transit oriented development.

Marc Schlossberg, PhD

4
  OLIS 611: Sustainability Plans and Indicators (Practicum I)

Review sustainability frameworks, incorporate sustainability principles into business and government plans, analyze sustainability indicators, manage projects for real-world clients.

Kelly Hoell 4
  OLIS 608: Sustainable Leadership Workshop OLIS is concerned with the ways in which leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, communities and business institutions address some of the most important problems facing society today. This is the first course in a series of three focused on individual and group leadership development in light of adapting to complex problems. *Two credits include one credit earned during Prologue Week.  Jake Pollack *2
  Elective Student choice, selected from approved list in consultation with OLIS director.   4

Credit Total

 

 

 

14

Winter

OLIS 612: Energy & Climate Change (Practicum II) Energy and carbon emissions issues and solutions from public and private sectors. Students will become familiar with the basic structure of the US energy industry, understand the role of alternate fuels and their application, and understand how the climate crisis is an energy challenge. Kelly Hoell 4
  PPPM 507: Hazard Mitigation This course introduces concepts of community resilience through an evaluation of natural, human and built system interactions. Specific areas of focus include vulnerability assessments, risk reduction, hazard mitigation planning and principles of community resilience. Emphasis will be placed on the nexus between land use, economic development and natural hazards through the incorporation of sustainability and resilience concepts. Josh Bruce 4
  OLIS 607: Professional Paper Development Seminar The first of two seminars intended to provide support and guidance to students in completion of the individual paper requirement. The winter quarter will focus on selecting and conceptualization, the writing process, refining the researchable question and completing the proposal. Keli Osborn 2
  OLIS 608: Sustainable Leadership Workshop OLIS is concerned with the ways in which leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, communities and business institutions address some of the most important problems facing society today. This is the second course in a series of three focused on individual and group leadership development in light of adapting to complex problems. Jake Pollack 1
  Elective Student choice, selected from approved list in consultation with OLIS director.   4

Credit Total

 

 

 

15

Spring

OLIS 613: Sustainable Real Estate Development (Practicum III) A challenge sponsored by NAIOP, this course will focus on sustainable development of a site in Oregon. Students will form teams to develop alternative proposals that fit within the zoning for the site, projected market demand, and development concepts in ecological design. Ric Stephens 4

 

OLIS 608: Professional Paper Development Seminar The second of two seminars intended to provide support and guidance to students in completion of the individual paper requirement. The spring quarter will provide support in the completion and documentation of students' research. Keli Osborn 2
  OLIS 608: Sustainable Leadership Workshop OLIS is concerned with the ways in which leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, communities and business institutions address some of the most important problems facing society today. This is the third course in a series of three focused on individual and group leadership development in light of adapting to complex problems. Jake Pollack 1
  Elective Elective selected from approved list in consultation with OLIS director.   4

Credit Total

 

 

 

11

Program Total

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

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