Catherine Ashcraft



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IPEC 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017

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SENV 3410 - Sustainable Leadership Seminar      

In this course we will explore, through reading, discussion, and direct engagement, an issue associated with sustainability, such as energy, food production, land management, or environmental justice. Using a case study approach to analyzing existing sustainability initiatives, we will explore—and eventually practice—the process of advancing a project from inception to launch. This class will involve team-based research projects focused on identifying and analyzing solutions to real sustainability challenges confronted by government, business, or individuals. Much of your work in this course will take place within small (3-5 students) research teams. Credit: 1 Unit (3 semester-hours).

Required Text: Kahane, Adam. Solving Tough Problems, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007

Summer 2014 Sch of Environment, School of Environment Vermont

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SENV 3451 - International Env Negotiation      

International Environmental Negotiation

This course will introduce students to the exciting world of negotiations that address environmental issues that cross international borders. Negotiated agreements are the primary approach to managing complex, transboundary environmental issues and are becoming increasingly important as countries, intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors engage with and craft policies to address issues as far-ranging as climate change, land use change, wildlife conservation, food insecurity, water management and marine pollution. There is still a lot of work to be done! Some of these negotiations are ongoing, while other treaties have been concluded and are being renegotiated. This course will integrate general concepts and cases related to negotiation and the crafting of international agreements with negotiation simulations designed to help students develop their own negotiating skills. Students will learn about addressing issues particular to environmental negotiations, such as scientific complexity and uncertainty, as well as issues common to all multiparty negotiations, including different sources of power and coalition dynamics.

Required Text:

Susskind, Lawrence E., Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Summer 2014 Sch of Environment, School of Environment Vermont

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Program in International Politics & Economics

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753