Sustainability Course Spotlight ENVS 410: Clean Water, Green Cities

January 20, 2011

Take a hands-on approach to the Year of Water this spring with ENVS410: Clean Water, Green Cities. Led by Howard Neukrug, Water Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, this Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course teaches the principles of urban water sustainability and allows students to influence real change in the Philadelphia community by working with urban farmers, community gardeners, schools, and non-profit groups.

Clean Water, Green Cities provides an overview of the cross-disciplinary fields of civil engineering, environmental sciences, urban hydrology, landscape architecture, green building, public outreach and politics. Students will have the opportunity to work with local stakeholders and present their research findings at an annual symposium.

Classes will cover topics such as drinking water quality and protection, green infrastructure, urban impacts of climate change, watershed monitoring, public education, problem-solving strategies, and more. Click here to download the ENVS410 course syllabus and use PennInTouch to register (Note: Syllabus information is subject to change).


Penn’s underground cisterns on campus have the capacity to collect and reuse 340,000 gallons of water each year.

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