Instructor Information

William Roper

Course Information

Course Description

The course will introduce the concepts, applications, and tools for analysis and decision making in support of sustainable environmental development and next-generation communities and building design. Students will be introduced to a variety of challenges related to environmental protection, stewardship, and management of air, soil, and water. The underlying principles of ecological protection, stewardship, reduced environmental footprint, ecosystem capital, sustainable economic development, and globalization impacts will be reviewed. The integration of actions that are ecologically viable, economically feasible, and socially desirable to achieve sustainable solutions will be evaluated. Within this context, the course will explore sustainable building concepts that are intended to provide, throughout their lifetime, a beneficial impact on their occupants and their surrounding environment. Such buildings are optimally integrated on all parameters-initial affordability, timeliness of completion, net life-cycle cost, durability, functionality for programs and persons, health, safety, accessibility, aesthetic and urban design, maintainability, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability. The principles of LEED building design and certification will also be introduced with a review of example projects. Integrated design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants will be assessed in the broad areas of (1) sustainable site planning, (2) safeguarding water and water efficiency, (3) energy efficiency and renewable energy, (4) conservation of materials and resources, and (5) indoor environmental quality. A critical element for a successful sustainable building policy and program is an integrated building planning and design process. Integrated planning and design refers to an interactive and collaborative process in which all stakeholders are actively involved and communicate with one another throughout the design and construction practice. These processes will also provide a broader understanding of sustainable options for infrastructure changes that may occur in various BRAC planning and implementation situations. A number of case studies will be examined to gain an understanding of application issues.

Course Goal

To introduce the concepts, applications, tools and environmental understanding for analysis and decision making in support of sustainable environmental development and next generation building design.

Course Objectives

  • Acquire an understanding of the principals of ecological protection, stewardship, reduced environmental foot print, ecosystem capital, sustainable economic development and globalization impacts

  • Learn the variety and character of the challenges related to environmental protection, stewardship and management of, air, soil, and water.
  • Understand the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principes for building desing and the certification process
  • Gain an understanding of the options for sustainable site planning, water and energy efficiency, and conservation of materials in building applications

When This Course is Typically Offered

This course is offered during the summer semester online


  • Ecosystems and Sustainability
  • Ecosystem Functions and Changes
  • Human Population Dynamics and Into to Next Gen Building Concepts
  • Renewable Resources and green materials
  • Biodiversity and LEED concepts
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Environmental Hazards and LEED case studies
  • Pollution Prevention and Sustainability
  • Building Deconstruction Principals
  • Economics of sustainablility and LEED case studies
  • Public Policy and community case studies

Student Assessment Criteria

Midterm exam 30%
Semester Project 40%
Preparation and Participation (Class Discussion) 10%
Techmical Paper Review Summaries 15%
Class Presentations 5%

Computer and Technical Requirements

Working knowledge of computer word processing, spread sheet, presentation and browser programs is assumed. The Johns Hopkins University Sakai System will be used throughout the semester to distribute supplemental material, power point presentations, reports etc. It will also be used for homework and for class announcements and feedback.

Participation Expectations

Classes consist of online lectures and presentations by the instructor. There are weekly reading assignments for the text and assigned technical papers and reports related to the class. There is also a weekly office hours meeting where assigned students will make presentations on the technical papers for that week. The instructor will also be providing additional material during these meetings, answering questions and leading discussion of current events related to the course. Students are expected to work weekly homework assignments and to discuss them in the forum and during office hour meetings.


Textbook information for this course is available online through the MBS Direct Virtual Bookstore.

Course Notes

There are no notes for this course.

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