Course #1 “SUSTAINABILITY”

Target students: BSc and MSc students from any disciplinary program in UNISI, technical/administrative staff in UNISI, external practitioners, officers and stakeholders.

Coordinator: Prof. Simone Bastianoni

Duration: 48 hours

Usual number of students: 150+

Teaching method: frontal lectures

Supporting tools: /

Website: http://www.dsfta.unisi.it/it/didattica/sostenibilita

Course description: launched in 2013, the interdisciplinary course focuses on environmental, economic, political, energetic and social aspects of sustainability. The main objective is to provide a general viewpoint on the multiple issues of sustainability and promote a systemic holistic approach. Specific objectives are:

- Providing the knowledge basis to understand the multiple issues of sustainability.

- Defining and managing the environmental, economic, political, energetic and social aspects of sustainability for communication and planning.

- Performing the systemic approach to manage the complexity of sustainability.

- Building capacities of UNISI students to deal with sustainability and confirm the role of UNISI for the sustainable development of the Mediterranean area.

Course #2 “Environmental Sustainability Indicators”

Target students: M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability

Usual number of students: 20

Coordinator: Prof. Federico Maria Pulselli

Duration: 48 hours

Teaching method: frontal lectures

Supporting tools: /

Course description: introduction to the knowledge framework and the four pillars of Sustainability, the environmental, economic, social and institutional. Ecological-economic indicators for assessing the multiple aspects of sustainability are investigated and classified with a input-state-output framework. Among the indicators and accounting methods presented: Material  Flow  Accounting;  Emergy  evaluation;  Ecological Footprint;  IPCC  GHG  Inventory; Index  of  Sustainable  Economic Welfare (ISEW); Ecosystem Services Evaluation.

 

Course #3  “Environmental Physical Chemistry and LCA”

Target students: M.Sc. in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability

Usual number of students: 20

Coordinator: Prof. Simone Bastianoni

Duration: 64 hours

Teaching method: frontal lectures and laboratories

Supporting tools: web-based open LCA software

Course description: Module #1: Environmental Physical Chemistry: introduction to the scientific basis of sustainability. Module #2: Life Cycle Assessment and Certification: introduction to the Life Cycle Assessment and the evaluation of potential impacts referring to different Impact Categories. Workshop on LCA of specific processes such as agricultural, breeding and manufacturing. Overview on certification procedures and main environmental labels in compliance with International Standards (ISO).