The Mechanics of Environmental Consciousness

Approaches to major environmental problems and solutions from a data driven yet accessible angle.
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The Mechanics of Environmental Consciousness
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99 students
Define major environmental problems
Improve video presentation skills
Counter common "skeptic" counter arguments
Understand technological and policy based solutions


  • Ability to stream videos
  • Read semi-technical texts written in English


This course will be an overview of the current environmental problems facing the world, with specific emphasis on technological, political, and social problems. It will then review some of the technology that we have at our disposal to lessen our impact and an array of policies to implement and reinforce the use of these technologies. Since my background is in computer science and statistics, these concepts will be approached from a technical, data driven angle, but in a way that is accessible to all. Overall, this course is designed to raise awareness of the issues and specifically what we, as regular citizens and students, can do to fix them in our lives and others.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who always wanted to be "more environmentally literate" but never found the time
  • Students of all backgrounds: technical or non-technical

Course content

9 sections • 38 lectures • 11h 55m total length
  • Syllabus
    8 pages
  • Reading 1
    7 pages
  • Lecture
  • Evaluation Sheet -- please leave answers to this in the questions field!
    1 page
  • Slides
    20 pages


Student of CS and Stats at Duke University
Lucas Spangher
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Hailed by Brookhaven National Laboratory for "outstanding critical thinking, scientific accuracy, creativity, and organization", Lucas Spangher is a junior at Duke University with an avid interest in green energy technology.  He holds Duke's flagship AB Duke full merit scholarship, given to students annually. Lucas has been developing the role of chromophore doped carbon nantubes for use in photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen. He has presented his research at the MIT Energy Conference, the American Vacuum Society, and the 2012 Greenpeace Student Summit. His past research in hydrogen has earned him silver medal in the International Sustainable Energy Olympiad as well as numerous other scholarships, grants, and awards.  He hopes to earn a PhD in alternative energy technology and eventually become a professor. Apart from science, Lucas rock climbs, rows crew, and plays cello and piano. Initially an aspiring cellist, he performed 3 times yearly in Carnegie Hall, but has since decided that scientific advancement is too important to ignore.