ENV 894a () / 2022-2023

Green Building: Issues and Perspectives

Credits: 3
Fall 2022: Th, 9:00-11:50, Kroon G01


To apply for the course, email the instructor (melissa.kops@yale.edu) with an explanation of why you are interested in the class and how you feel it will advance your professional and academic goals by the end of day on Friday, August 26. Decisions will be shared no later than end-of-day on Sunday, August 28.

Buildings have an outsized impact on human and environmental health. The Building Sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally, responsible for almost 40% of total emissions. Construction and demolition activities generated 600 million tons of waste in 2018 in the United States, more than twice what was generated in municipal solid waste.  Buildings represent an enormous opportunity to reduce environmental impact, and the movement that represents this approach is commonly called green building. But green building is broad and deep—involving process, products, and policy—and crisscrosses many disciplines. 
This course will examine green building from a variety of perspectives, placing it in a technical, social, financial, and historical context. The task of reducing the environmental impact of our buildings requires cross-disciplinary integration and touches nearly every aspect of our lives as occupants and managers of interior spaces. Individual topics in green building—such as building science, indoor environmental quality, innovative finance, and public- and private-sector programs—will be covered through research, class discussion, guest lectures, field trips, and group projects. Great emphasis will be placed on the practical challenges and opportunities that green building presents to building and non-building professionals working together to design, specify, construct, operate, renovate, and finance our nation’s buildings. 

If more than 15 applications are received, priority will be given to 2nd year Yale School of the Environment (YSE) students, followed by 1st YSE year students, PhD students, students in other graduate and professional schools, and Yale undergraduates.

Limited to 15