Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN FREEMAN 510-434-3840, robinf5713@aol.com
Recommended texts (not required): The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers. Island Press; and What Color is Your Parachute?, 10 Speed Press
Course Requirements:
Environmental Careers is a required core course for Environmental Studies majors. It may be taken for 1) a letter grade (required of majors or for transfer grade point average), 2) for Credit (no grade, gives transfer elective units), or
3) No Credit (does not affect transcript). For those taking a letter grade, you will participate in grading yourself.
1) Course attendance, 2) a minimum of 4 hours volunteer work for any environment related organization or firm, 3) an Informational Interview or Research Report on an environmental career are required for a letter grade. There will be brief evaluations of the interview and volunteer/intern projects (see due dates). An Environmental Career Portfolio will be developed during the course.
Your volunteer work can be for the Environmental Program at Merritt or at a location of your choosing which willing to have you for a short period of time.
Some organizations would rather have you for at least a full day. Of course, you are welcome to put in more than four hours. You should choose work that is interesting to you and fits into your career development. There will be listings available in class or on line, the Ecology Center on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley and numerous government agencies.
Learning Outcomes: You will be able to research and survey environmental job or entrepreneurial opportunities, prioritize your choices and make and execute a plan to work in that career pathway.
August 22, 6:30-9:20pm, Monday– Introduction to the course, Class Introduction Interviews
August 29, 6:30-9:20pm, Monday - Preference Profiles, Environ. Careers Slide presentation
Sept 11, 10am-3:30pm, Sunday - Bring bag lunch, 5 Year Plan, Strategy A and B, Resume, History of Work. To accommodate religious services, you may attend the afternoon only.
Break time for Interviews and Mini-internship
October 17, 6:30-9:20pm, Monday - Reports on interviews/internships due, discussion/task,
October 24, 6:30-9:20pm, Monday - Reports continued, discussion, evaluation.

Envmt 16 3.0 Unit
Team Contact: Robin Freeman, 434-3840, Cell 510-915-1452 robinf5713@aol.com, Office hrs @ SRH, Guest Lecturer: David Ralston PhD Dralston@oaklandnet.com,
September 13, Tues 6:30-9:20pm: Concept Definitions, Introductions of students , faculty, Institute and Merritt Program – SRH tour as an example, Intro to course Health, System, City, Community, Sustainability, Praxis
NOTE: Field locations and times may change; check updates
CLASS EXERCISE – tell your neighbor what your community of interest is and what your community of place is and what the difference is. Who has health insurance? What do you, your family, friends, co-workers do for community health and your own health? Write list for next week choosing an overall health indicator level 1-10 (10 being the highest reasonable level of health activities) for 1-community health profile, 2-your own health profile – due 9/27
COURSE PROJECT – We are using the proposed San Leandro Creek Greenway as our project this semester. We will host a Mini-conference in November. Choose at least one work group and a related healthy community system. Help design, research and execute a part of the mini-conference as an “intervention”. Describe how your project fits into which system(s); your hoped for outcomes and what the outcomes were. Research keywords and/or interview Regional Parks Directors Siden and Dotson as stakeholders, or transcribe and review the tapes of Dr. Leonard Duhl from the 2008Healthy Cities Conference.
September 20, Tues: STATE OF THE CITY & Institutional Definitions World Health Organization/Public Health and Safety Planning , Report on the 2008 Mini Conference and Green Works Development.2010 – FUTURE OF THE CITY: Giving Hope a Plan. Healthy Cities Initiative, Current Visions Oakland Task Forces, San Leandro Creek Greenway, the “Green Corridor”, NGO’s
Assignment: Prepare a first informal list of what a healthy city would be like.
Origins of the City, Patterns of Civilization and their Health Effects, Stress, Authority, Risk, Trauma, Hierarchies VS Thriving, Caretaking, Participation
Discussion: Conference brainstorming based on health indicators and vision of a Healthy City
Assignment: Health Indicator lists due – Conference goals, purpose. Format and contents, whom to invite, and tasks preliminary list due 10/4
October 4, Tues: Tools for healthy planning – Action Planning, Asset mapping, indicators mapping and research, field methods, program planning, urban planning, watersheds and natural systems, using your experience. Addressing untapped sectors as resources for planning needs and solutions
Discussion: Conference planning, timeline and task groups
Assignment: Conference preliminary list due. Begin task group activities
October 11, Tues: Conference Planning and San Leandro Greenway Report critique
Assignment: Choose a sector relevant to Healthy Cities, and research information and/or case studies and on line; and/or research funding sources Prepare to give a brief description of your findings and how they relate or do not relate to the San Leandro Creek community focus.
Task updates due each week.
October 16, Sun 11am-4pm: FIELD TRIP Case Study SAN LEANDRO CREEK GREENWAY–ecosystem; transportation and recreation; food system, signature retail/culture/restaurant, thriving residential multi-use, historic, varied income, parks, open space, trail access, views, schools, community centers, social services, transportation access, health care facilities, employment training and job access, youth programs, family programs, cultural arts
Assignment: Conference preliminary list due. Begin task group activities
Task updates due each week.
October 18, Tues: Guests, Healthy City Research presentations begin
WORKING GROUP SESSION FOR CONFERENCE – Invitation lists and strategy
Task updates due each week.
October 25, Tues 6:30-9:20pm: Case study student research presentations, Guests
Task updates due each week.
November 2, Tues Case study research presentations, Guests WORKING GROUP SESSION Task updates due each week.
November 6, Sun 10am-3pm: Guests FIELD TRIP WORKING GROUP SESSION
November 8, Tues: Case study research presentations WORKING GROUP SESSION
Task updates due each week.
Task updates due each week.
November 20, Sun 10am-3pm MINI CONFERENCE – Working Title, Healthy People, Healthy Watersheds; Connecting the Dots Along San Leandro Creek
November 22, Tues Conference De-brief, guest (Possible Alternative Conference date)
November 29, Tues Next Steps, Case study research presentations; guest
December 6, Tues Potluck, Case study research presentations and next steps continued; Evaluations
Course Requirements and Grading Policy: Course may be taken credit/non-credit – make the choice on line asap. For a grade reasonable attendance, a research presentation and work group participation and completed tasks are required. You will evaluate the course and suggest your grade.

3 Units Robin Freeman; robinf5713@aol.com; Cell 510-915-1452
David Kaplow
GENERAL CONTACT: Robin Freeman 510-434-3840 messages, robinf5713@aol.com. Field trip contacts vary with each trip. Make sure to get current directions and #'s.
ASSIGNMENTS: Along with other ENVMT classes, we will focus on the San Leandro Creek Wateshed as well as ongoing projects with Lion and Arroyo Viejo creeks which are adjacent to our campus. There is basic background reading, some research and a class project that support what you will do in class.
1) Read SER Primer (see "Text")
2) The class project for the course is either a) volunteering on a restoration project and/or b) proposing/designing a preliminary restoration project proposal. The site can be at Merritt around the Self Reliant House, Lion or Arroyo Viejo, or along San Leandro Creek. Describe the goals, materials and plan of the project you volunteered on or which you propose. A proposal will include a preliminary site description, goals and general activities to achieve the goals . Organize your presentation using appropriate section headings from the SER Primer and from what you learn in the course. You can use any resource books or other material to help plan your project. You can present either what you did as a volunteer or your preliminary design at the last class and provide a list of the information resources you used. If you choose to take the course Credit/Non-Credit, you don't have to do a project. If you are using the course towards a certificate or degree, then take it for a letter grade, based on reasonable participation and a project presentation. You may do your project as a group.
11 WEDNESDAYS 6:30 to 9:20pm SATURDAY/SUNDAYS 10:00 to 3:30, or as arranged.
TEXTS: The SER (Society for Ecological Restoration) International Primer on Ecological Restoration. Free download : http://www.ser.org/content/ecological_restoration_primer.asp#5 Or GoogleThe Primer for a PDF version. It is a short general introduction from which you can draw project goals. It is not specific to any location. Faculty members will suggest supplemental readings and resources. California Watershed Manual on line. Merritt Watershed Center CD; both are free.
9/14 Wednesday, SRH Arroyo Viejo Rifle Range Headwaters twilight walk.
Introductions: What experience have you had. Do you have sites you are working on? What do you want to get from this class? , About the class, Follow the Water, Know the People Watershed Center, community groups, consultants, scientists and agencies. San Leandro
Creek lab site introduction. Assignment: Read SER Primer (15 pages)
9/21 Wednesday 6:30 MEET AT DIMOND LIBRARY; walk to creek 7-9 p.m. at the Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave; Brief presentation from the City of Oakland Rain Barrel Team., The Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) welcome you to attend our bimonthly member meeting. Designer and horticulturalist Michael Thilgen will present a Native Plant Show & Tell. Come learn about the process of designing your own native garden with an emphasis on choosing plants. We will have plants on hand from FOSC's Joaquin Miller Native Plant Nursery
Michael Thilgen is co-owner of Four Dimensions Landscape Company, www.fourdimensionslandscape.com , and was one of the co-founders of the Friends of Sausal Creek.
9/24 Sat Optional 10am SRH Rainwater Harvesting Rainbarrel installation with Green Building Lab
9/28 Wednesday Freeman, How do streams and watersheds work?
Guest: Will Stockard, City of Oakland Public Works Stormwater Runoff Rainbarrels and rainwater Harvesting
Assignment: Scan the California Watershed Manual; paying attention to the chapter headings as a model for choosing headings for your project proposal
10/5 Wednesday How watersheds work continued. Restore to What? History and Reference Sites CALFED mantra – Water Quality, Water Quantity and Habitat – multiple uses, multiple goal management. Assignment: Read “Feasibility Guide for Intertidal Creek Restoration”
10/12 Wednesday Feasibility Study and Watershed Management San Leandro Creek restoration opportunities Writing project grants and Project design, Internships
Assignment: Read “Creek Restoration Pre-Design Directory”
10/15 SATURDAY - North Coast Native Nursery in Petaluma
Native plants, riparian restoration project and Ellis Creek wastewater facility water treatment wetlands
October 16, Sun 10am-3pm: Optional Field Trip SAN LEANDRO CREEK GREENWAY–ecosystem; transportation and recreation; food system, signature retail/culture/restaurant, thriving residential multi-use, historic, varied income, parks, open space, trail access, views, schools, community centers, social services, transportation access, health care facilities, employment training and job access, youth programs, family programs, cultural arts
Field day with Healthy Community Systems Class and Friends of San Leandro Creek
10/19 Wednesday Restoration is a Social Act – Artisanal, Psycho-Social, Caretaking and Community Culture, Economic, Scientific, and Land Use Design elements
10/26 Wednesday, Site monitoring, Photo monitoring and Water Quality Monitoring
Planning for appropriate data sampling design to monitoring intent Guest or EBMUD TBA
10/23 SUNDAY Field Day Sausal Creek or San Leandro Creek TBA (Replaces 11/30 Wed evening).
10/29 SATURDAY 10AM TBA San Leandro Creek San Leandro Creek GIS with Oakland High/Katie Noonan and 0.5 day with Dave Kaplow Codornices Creek near 5th St in Berkeley
Bioengineering or Sausal Creek Headwaters hands-on restoration.
11/2 Wednesday Lion and Arroyo Viejo watershed partnership projects.
Art, watersheds and culture – Guests
11/9 Wednesday Fish passage and H20 release Guest. Visit EBMUD headquarters TBA
11/16 Wednesday Kaplow; Restoration and Maintenance
Restoration native plant communities, Maintenance of new restoration sites
Long term management of riparian zones
11/19 SATURDAY 10:00AM-3:30PM Kaplow Alhambra Creek - Martinez
riparian and brackish tidal environments
11/20 Sunday, Mini-Conference; Healthy People, Healthy Watersheds; Connecting the Dots along San Leandro Creek Optional
11/23 Wednesday Final project discussion; conference de-brief

INTRODUCTION TO GREEN BUILDING & ECOLOGICAL DESIGN And LABEnvmt 20 3.0 Units ENVMT 20L Code 43715, 1.0 (See Lab/Class Schedule Notes at end)
Robin Freeman; robinf5713@aol.com; Cell 510-915-1452 Bruce Douglas: lbdpe@sbcglobal.net 510-759-5280
Text: Introduction to Green Building, Freeman, Geathers, Douglas et al. Print $15; CD $2
September 8, Thurs 6:30-9:20pm Freeman, Introductions, Syllabus, grades, ;SRH tour of Oak knoll Ecosystem
Assignment: Read Chapters 1 through 4 in Intro. To Green Building
September 10, Sat 10:30 am-4pm Bring Lunch; dress for work. Freeman, Douglas - Tour of SRH systems, Biomimicry and Building Systems, C&D waste and the building site.
Solar site analysis
Assignment: Systems Input-output informal sketch of where you live.
September 15, Thurs Freeman
Concepts of Sustainable Building Systems Design, Global Systems and Climate
Discuss assignment 1 as it relates to natural and built systems. Roof Water Harvesting overview. Final project ideas.
Assignment: Input/Output/Systems due. Read Intro. To Green Building Chapters 7 and 9 Write architectural program wish list
September 17, Sat 10am-3pm Bring lunch Freeman Field Trip. Meet at 1170 Powell Oakland/Emeryville; corner of Fremont 2 blocks west of San Pablo Ave/Powell/Stanford , Places for Sustainability , Urban Ore, Shorebird Nature Center Assignment:: Write preliminary draft of final project ideas (lousy first draft) Due Sep 29
September 22, Thurs Douglas. Passive Solar Design; Model lab
Assignment Hand out Due Oct. 20 – Read chapters 5,6, and 8
September 24, Sat 10-3:30 ENVMT 20L Lab Begins Freeman, Poon Introductions, Roof Water Harvest installation , Richmond Shoreline Festival; Education Center Site Analysis; Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Richmond Parkway and Giant Road
Assignment: Environmental Education Center Site Analysis, Participant Surveys
September 29, Thurs Freeman, Imagination, Design, and Thriving; Human Communities; Design determinants and bubble diagrams Tiny houses and Housing Ourselves (See Lab schedule notes)
Assignment: Describe final project Scope of Work and Goal; Prepare bubble diagrams for Pt. Pinole, your chosen project site, or the Place for Sustainability.
October 2, Sun 10-3:30 Lab Site Preparation at SRH; Materials rack design Complete green wall demo – rainbarrel cover and overflow ,Rear overhang work area sliding glass doors, benches and outdoor classroom, Fence, repair path light cases, door lock set, shop area in barn storage shelves, Solar Hot water angle adjustment and leak, Slip- form sign bases
Site visits and field work will be arranged from these options as available, DeBoer Architects- Bamboo and more, Dan Lieberman, Tiny houses, Strawbale Construction, Friends of Sausal Creek Nursery Construction Green Works Development shelter @ San Leandro Creek site, Urban Lumber milling and drying Native American urban wood siding,
Projects: Housing Ourselves next steps
Research project on Carbon footprint metrics SHR – Peralta – US
CO2 levels allowable and target metrics
SRH as a “green business” analysis
Funding, Grant Writing, partners, buying land, Land Trust
October 6, Thurs Freeman, Review Bubble Diagrams, Site project assessment and programming Design Determinants and Architectural Program
Design Basics Sustainable Planning &Transportation San Leandro Creek Greenway Integrating buildings and life (food, society, transportation, biodiversity, waste reduction)
. Assignment: Bubble Diagrams Due.
October 8, Sat 10-3:30 Lab see Oct. 2
October 13, Thurs Freeman The Speed of Green. Recent history of Green Building.- Green Building Materials; Availability, Design and Choice, Natural Building, Regenerative Design, Universal Design, Permaculture Design, Ecological Design – in class design exercise
Assignment: Design project review and graphic presentation in class Final Project group work.
October 20, Thurs Douglas Building Science - how heat, air, moisture, and light flow and interact in buildings effects: comfort, health, durability of bldg, energy consumption.
October 22, Sat 10-3:30 Lab Douglas/Freeman see Oct. 2
October 27, Thurs Douglas, lab with model houses
November 3, Thurs Freeman, LEED, Building Performance Checklists, Permits.
Assignment: Final Project group work
November 10, Thurs Freeman Energy Sources, Scale, the Built Environment and the Future
Assignment: Read Chap. 10 Draft Final Project Due
November 17, Thurs Douglas Intro to energy auditing. Residential energy career paths and professional certifications
Thanksgiving Break
December 1, Thurs Freeman Guest – Applying Green Building
December 8, Thurs Freeman Final Project presentations
Lab/Class Schedule Notes: The Green Building Class and Green Building Lab are integrated Because of late changes, and PROMT computer system errors, our Lab (20L) and Class (20) schedules need to be coordinated to accommodate the greatest number of students. We will be moving as many of the Monday 20L meetings to Thursdays 5-6:30so they connect better with the class. The 20L weekend field days are also available to students who are enrolled in 20 and not the Lab. We are working to eliminate the false conflict between the lab and Environmental 1 Careers.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Course Requirements for a letter grade (Non-credit also available on line): You will grade yourself based on completion of the assignments, reading, attendance, participation and final presentation. This course is required for the Green Building and Energy Management or Greening the Urban Environment majors.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: You will be able to use architectural, construction and green building terms to approach and analyze design and construction projects and to put them into personal, site, local, regional and global context.

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