Course Syllabus Spring 2008
Hon 451 Ecological Economics and the Local Community
Office hours: (the following hours are open on a first
come first serve basis. No appointment is necessary. Contact me to
make an appointment to meet at a time not listed)
Dr. Tom Andrews
1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma , by Michael Pollan
2. Deep Economy, by Bill McKibben
3. Ecological Economics: A workbook for problem based learning
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Course Title: Hon451
Instructor Tom Andrews
_____________________________ (print your name) , have
read the syllabus and fully understand the academic dishonesty policy as
described herein and by the University.
As defined in the 2007 Undergraduate Catalog of
defines plagiarism as follows: “Plagiarism
is the inclusion of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own
work. When a student submits work for
credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that
information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific
references and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as
well… Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources.” (
I understand that the penalty for engaging in academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism may be expulsion from the business program and/or University. I further understand that it is my responsibility to make sure I understand how to correctly document the words and ideas of others. Ignorance is not a legitimate defense for plagiarism.
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Borough Leaders United for Emissions Reduction (BLUER)
Meeting the first Friday of the month, 1:00 - 3:00, Room #234
What is the BLUER Committee?
The West Chester BLUER committee is an ad-hoc group, formed by West Chester Borough Council. BLUER stands for Business Leaders United for Emission Reduction. The Committee is an advisory, informational group with no authority or power. It will assist the Borough, its residents and businesses in exploring ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Who sits on this committee?
The committee is comprised of a cross section of our community. The committee includes representatives from businesses, residents, the
What is their goal and mission?
West Chester BLUER will work to secure a safer and more sustainable energy future by reducing community-wide CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions at least 10% by 2010.
What will be the end product?
The BLUER Committee has been charged with preparing a report to the Borough Council on energy consumption and gas emissions. The report will offer ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the Borough in order to meet our mission. The energy and emissions audit will be prepared using a model designed by ICLEI's Cities for Climate Protection program. Borough Council will take the recommendations outlined in the report under advisement.
What can I do?
Over the course of preparing the report, the BLUER Committee will provide you information on what you can do as a resident, business owner or homeowner to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To the right are links to websites that detail simple things we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint. Please explore the websites, and check back here often for updates.
Questions to Hon451 from BLUER (in no particular order):
*1. Compile and analyze local government initiatives to reduce ghg emissions by a certain year. Have any matured and how successful have they been?
2. Have any local governments created or selected a model home to show off energy efficiency measures and their performance? If yes did the local government create a case study of this home that can be provided to BLUER.
*3-Target our own model rental home. Perform an energy audit and recommend improvements along with demonstration of payback period and benefits to the landlord and student tenants.
4-Determine how can
6-Determine how we can make West Chester a bicycle-friendly community, including an assessment of what went wrong with the University's prior bike share program.
7-How can we make SEPTA GHG-effective? Is public transportation an important part of the answer?
*8-How can alternative energy fit into our Borough? What type of alternative energy will work and where/how? Do we have potential for on-site generation?
*indicates some support as a priority.