Environmental Reclamation

The course explores the challenges and opportunities attendant to efforts in environmental mitigation and remediation. Lectures/discussions highlight multi-stakeholder partnerships and autogenic repair of hydrology, nutrient cycling, and energy capture. Students learn skills in risk analysis/management and benefit-cost analysis. Case study analyses of natural and human-induced environmental disasters integrate social, economic, ethical, political, and ecological issues. Special attention is given to pervasive issues in the northeastern United States, including brownfields, wetlands, abandoned mine drainage, and degraded agricultural land. Local field trips connect students with practitioners in the professional arena.