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Course Sequence

Sustainable engineering projects starting your freshman year!

The academic aspect of the HERE program consists of a three-course sequence. Each course builds on learning from the previous course. Because the courses are all project-based, students develop and practice important skills such as defining problems, researching possible solutions, and designing and testing environmentally and socially sustainable solutions.




  • GS 130 Introduction to Sustainability 4R‐OL‐4C Prereq: Admission to HERE Program or Consent of Instructor
    Surveys the fundamentals of sustainability in scientific, technical, and social contexts. Introduces students to the history of environmentalism and sustainability, along with the basics of ecology, climate assessment, natural cycles, life‐cycle analysis, environmental economics, and other concepts. The GS- prefix indicates that the course’s focus is on global sustainability.

    In 2015-16, for example, students explored renewable energy options for an orphanage in Honduras, mitigation strategies for fisheries impacted by dams on the Lower Mekong River, and adaptation plans for Australian coastal cities likely to be affected by sea-level rise.


  • RH 131 or HSS elective
    Emphasizes rhetorical analysis of texts and images, research methods, and the conventions of academic writing, including argumentation. The HERE version concentrates on local and regional designing, solving problems for the Terre Haute and Wabash Valley.

    In 2015-16, for example, one student group proposed rebuilding sidewalks and rerouting buses in a Terre Haute neighborhood with inadequate transportation infrastructure. Another group proposed building community gardens with tool-sharing programs in order to promote healthy eating in Terre Haute.


  • EM 103 Introduction to Design (with culminating sustainability project) - This course helps students to learn the design process with a culminating campus sustainability project and stresses the importance of teamwork. 


    In 2014-15, students proposed outdoor gardens—which have since been implemented. Other groups sought to reduce light pollution, food waste, and water runoff on campus. With the help of a grant from Procter and Gamble, some student projects have been implemented, especially those that have saved money as well as resources.









































A lighting redesign for the first and second floor of Olin Hall reduced the lighting cost for that area by 75 percent, saving the institute approximately $4,000 a year (at $.075 kW-hr).

















Through new design and bulbs, the lighting in the Chemical Engineering High Bay lab achieved ~25 percent reduction in energy and costs. 













Hand dryers and water bottle filling stations have been implemented in academic buildings. New LED fixtures along the walkway in the Quad reduce energy consumption by at least 75 percent. 







We were also able to implement a design that didn't have a direct and substantial monetary payback by developing a rainwater collection and irrigation system for the HERE greenhouse.

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