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Solar PV Safety for Firefighters

With consumers going solar in nearly every state, the likelihood that firefighters will encounter solar electric systems on residential and commercial properties is increasing dramatically every year. The Solar PV Safety for Firefighters Course is designed to give firefighters the knowledge necessary to feel confident and safe when responding to fires on Solar PV-equipped structures – to better understand the potential hazards. Read More

Hazardous Waste Training for Environment, Customs and Border Inspectors

This course provides an outlook of the international and domestic laws and regulations applicable to transboundary movements of hazardous waste and hazardous recyclable materials across North America. Read More

Introduction to Sustainable Development (Coursera Course)

This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs’ longer course, “The Age of Sustainable Development.” This preview course, “Introduction to Sustainable Development” will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Read More

Learning from Nature: A Course in Biomimicry

This open source, semester-long curriculum by the Sustainability Leaders Network is for high school, university and adult learners. The course offers an introduction to biomimicry and how to learn from nature. With an emphasis on getting outside and exploring the land around you, the biomimicry curriculum focuses on observing, appreciating and learning from nature and natural systems. Cognizant of the ways in which consumption and population growth have degraded the environment, the course focuses on positive solutions learned from nature and ways to take meaningful action. Read More

Introduction to Green Chemistry (from the Institute of Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University)

Over the past 150 years the field of chemistry has fostered almost no formal training in toxicity or ecotoxicity. We continue to train chemists to create new products and processes, but not educate them to be aware of the need to protect themselves, other people or the ecosphere from the results of their hard work. Green chemistry offers an alternative. The field was defined by Paul Anastas in the 1990s as “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous compounds.” Stated broadly, this course helps students understand the notion of sustainability and how it applies to chemistry. It also explores the history of chemistry, outlines critical need for green chemistry, and the principles that guide its practice as an emerging and important field of science. Read More

Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (Yale Open Course)

This course presents the principles of evolution, ecology, and behavior for students beginning their study of biology and of the environment. It discusses major ideas and results in a manner accessible to all Yale College undergraduates. Recent advances have energized these fields with results that have implications well beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens. Read More

Environmental Politics and Law (Yale Open Courseware)

Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration in this free online class. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Read More

The Environment of the Earth's Surface (MIT Open Courseware)

A great variety of processes affect the surface of the Earth. Topics to be covered are production and movement of surficial materials; soils and soil erosion; precipitation; streams and lakes; groundwater flow; glaciers and their deposits. The course combines aspects of geology, climatology, hydrology, and soil science to present a coherent introduction to the surface of the Earth, with emphasis on both fundamental concepts and practical applications, as a basis for understanding and intelligent management of the Earth’s physical and chemical environment. Read More

Transport Processes in the Environment (MIT Open Courseware)

This class serves as an introduction to mass transport in environmental flows, with emphasis given to river and lake systems. The class will cover the derivation and solutions to the differential form of mass conservation equations. Class topics to be covered will include: molecular and turbulent diffusion, boundary layers, dissolution, bed-water exchange, air-water exchange and particle transport. Read More

Earth Gauge Courses

In partnership with the COMET Program, Earth Gauge provides a series of free, online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and the environment. These courses count for continuing education credit through the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) program, and are useful primers for anyone interested in learning more about the links between weather, climate and environment. Read More


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