Sustainable Environments – Undergraduate Course Audit – Spring 2019
€500.00 IVA included
Instructor: Andrea Innamorati
Meets Tu 3.40 – 6.40 PM OR Wed 3.40 – 6.40 PM
Course Fee: 0€ (included in above price)
Spring Semester 2019 runs Jan. 14 – Apr. 25
Americans account for over a quarter of all fossil fuel consumption, own more cars than there are licensed drivers, and build new homes 40 percent larger than they did in 1975, despite shrinking household size. We feel for the pandas and polar bears, while contributing mightily to global climate change, resource inequity, and ecosystem destruction. How do we reckon with environmental crises at multiple scales, from the neighborhood to the atmosphere and oceans? “Think globally, act locally” environmentalists admonish us! Direct our vast human ingenuity and collective spirit toward technologies and behaviors that bring peace with the planet. Course mission: enhance your capability to make informed choices, based on a sound understanding of the ecological, technological, economic, political, and ethical dimensions of environmental sustainability.
Why take this course in Rome? This course is about climate, energy, resource inequities, and hope for the global future. We take to heart the axiom, “Think globally, act locally.” To that end, we will be studying environmental sustainability issues in Rome and Italy—among them sustainable consumption and production principles applied to our daily life (from waste to resources), atmosphere and climate change, waste management (reducing, re-using and recycling), and biodiversity protection. To the extent that time and energy permit, we will visit the botanical garden, a landfill and recycling facility, examine the contribution of biodiversity to the city of Rome and study issues in the city arising from waste, mass consumption, traffic, and air pollution. Food production and distribution will be studied in the contexts of the slow food movement and the “agriturismo” boom. We will compare sustainability metrics with Philadelphia, the U.S., and other cities and countries—and we will be able to enhance this with field activities and excursions. Walking and use of public transit for course activities is encouraged and expected.
About the Instructor
Andrea Innamorati is a Senior Policy Advisor for the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. He recently completed a fellowship program in sustainability science at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Schoolof Government in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where he focused primarily on sustainable development governance within the European Union institutions.
Since 2003, he has represented the Government of Italy in numerous international conferences and multilateral intergovernmental processes related to sustainable development. Innamorati was a key player in the core EU team that negotiated the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production and focal point of the Task Force on Education for Sustainable Consumption led by Italy between 2006 and 2011. He actively participated in the Rio+20 Conference and in the preparatory meetings as special assistant to the EU Bureau Member. Innamorati has represented Italy in the Open Ended Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the follow up to Rio+20, and in the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Agenda. Before consulting with the Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea, Innamorati worked for four years in the private sector, with demanding responsibilities in commercial transactions and customer service operations, an experience which was instrumental in understanding the role and potential of the private sector in working towards sustainable development.
Innamorati has a Masters-level education in Sociology from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, where he researched consumption patterns and mass communication, and their impact on the future of our planet. He is teaching a course on Sustainable Environments at Temple University Rome and is a visiting lecturer on International Environmental Governance in the Faculty of Law of the Università la Sapienza in Rome.