Fundamentals on Environment and Sustainability


We are living under several crisis: resources management, climate change, biodiversity, and pollution. Our ecological footprint surpassed the limits of the planet. In 2015, in the United Nations, all the countries approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This course will look at the main domains of a functionable planet (earth, air, and water), and provide key tools and practices that are crucial to understand, assess, and report the efforts towards a greener planet. 


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Francisco Ferreira


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





To be further compiled and presented by each of the instructors 

Teaching method

Teaching will take place though a group of the most knowledgeable professors for each module/session per area that will both present the major materials and perform an interactive group discussion with the students. While some materials will enable the understanding of the concepts, the goal is to involve the students in practical cases to be discussed and evaluated in order to engage them in a highly participatory learning framework. There will be extended updated materials for the students to follow the classes.

Evaluation method

Two individual multiple choice in-class tests for each of the two main chapters of the course (50%)

Group assignment with final presentation and discussion (up fo four members) (50%) 

Subject matter

CONCEPTS: Living in the Environment; WATER - Water resources (the water cycle; water management); WATER - Water resources (the urban cycle); EARTH - Soil resource and management; EARTH - Land-use and land-use change; EARTH ? Ecosystems and Biodiversity; EARTH - Circular economy; EARTH - Solid waste; AIR ? Climate change, evidences and drivers; AIR ? Tackling climate change; Global regulations for sustainability; How to manage a physically limited planet?

TOOLS and PRACTICES: Life-cycle assessment tools; Sustainability assessment and reporting; Strategic sustainability assessment; Environmental Impact Assessment; Innovative tools for environmental management; Collaborative decision making process; How and what to change towards a Green Transition?