Environmental Protection and Sustainability

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4 месяца
О курсе

Do you want to understand more about the environmental problems we currently face? Do you want to learn ways we can reduce the negative effects of these problems, and keep our environment more sustainable? If so, this course is for you.

In this multi-disciplinary course, we will discuss major challenges facing environmental protection efforts. In doing so, we'll bring together various aspects from three themes: Biological, Physical, and Human.

The Biological theme focuses on the importance of biodiversity and the actions we can take to conserve basic ecosystem functions. For example: reintroducing locally extinct key species and protecting agroecosystems.

Clean air and water resources, as elements of the Physical theme, are crucial to maintaining biodiversity and our basic life-support systems. We will explore methods for minimizing air and water pollution and their negative impacts.

The Human theme investigates how human development can be sustainable under the current pressures at local, regional, and global scales. Examples include water reuse, green building, and environmentally friendly technologies.

The course is designed and presented by six scientists, each of whom specializes in a different environmental aspect. The course uses video presentations, movies, exercises, assignments, and many additional sources to provide information and enrichment.

No previous knowledge on environmental issues is needed. Join us for a diverse and unique course and become a protector of the environment.

Программа
Environmental Protection and Sustainability
Uncover better solutions to help manage a wide range of environmental problems and challenges facing our world today.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Basic principles of environmental protection
  • Biodiversity conservation practices
  • Solutions for water and air pollution challenges
  • Major opportunities for sustainability
  • How human development can be sustainable
Лекторы
Shirli Bar-David
Shirli Bar-David
Senior Lecturer, PhD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Bar-David completed her undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Life Sciences (1992) and earned her MSc. in Genetics (1995) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She obtained her PhD in Ecology (2003) from Tel-Aviv University, studying the reintroduction of the Persian fallow deer in Israel. During her postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley, she studied disease dynamics in natural and colonizing wildlife populations, and at the University of Haifa, she integrated ecological and genetic data to study space use patterns of the endangered fire salamander. Since 2007, Dr. Bar-David has been a faculty member at the Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and the head of the Conservation and Ecological Genetic Lab. Her research focuses on the field of spatial ecology and spatial genetics and their implications for conservation biology and wildlife management. Specific topics of interest include the spatial and genetic structure of populations, wildlife reintroductions as a conservation tool, factors affecting range expansion of populations, and movement patterns of individuals under different landscape scenarios.
David Katoshevski
David Katoshevski
Professor, PhD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Katoshevski studied at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, where he earned a BSc and an MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He completed two post doctoral projects, spending one year at RWTH-Aachen in Germany, where he dealt with Diesel spray combustion, and 2.5 years at CALTECH where he worked on Atmospheric Aerosols. Since 1998, Dr. Katoshevski has been a member of the Environmental Engineering faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Israel, where he is currently a Professor. He conducts research on various subjects, including dynamics of particles and droplets, atmospheric modelling, combustion, bio-fuels, air pollution control, aerosol inhalation/exhalation and recently also water treatment. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Israeli Association for Combustion Research, and heads the program for Safety Engineering.
Amit Gross
Amit Gross
Professor, PhD IsraelX
Dr. Gross completed his undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1993. He earned his MSc. (1996) and PhD (1999) from Auburn University, USA, studying nutrient cycles in earthen ponds. During his postdoctoral training in Australia and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, he studied various environmental issues related to water treatment and reuse and was recruited in 2003 to join the faculty of BGU. He is currently an Associate Professor and the head of the Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dr. Gross' research areas include treatment and efficient use of marginal water, remediation techniques, and the environmental risks associated with contaminated water resources and sludge (i.e., agricultural effluents, wastewater, and contaminated groundwater).
Isaac A. Meir
Isaac A. Meir
Associate Professor, PhD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Meir studied at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, from which he received BSc and MSc degrees in Architecture and Town Planning. He earned a Ph.D. in archaeology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, focusing on the building technologies used in Byzantine settlements in the desert. He joined the faculty of the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in 1986. He is an Associate Professor and has served as the Chair of Desert Architecture & Urban Planning and of the Bona Terra Department of Man in the Desert (2005-2010). He lectures in Israel and abroad, e.g., at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (1992); Oxford Brookes University (2000-1); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010-2011); Donau Universitaet, Krems (2012-3); and the International Hellenic University (2012-2017). He participates in the design of environmentally conscious and experimental projects in the Israeli deserts and acts as consultant to and member of various institutions, NGOs, and professional organizations. His research interests include sustainable design in arid zones; energy conservation in buildings; Post Occupancy Evaluation and Indoor Environment Quality; the Life Cycle Energy Analysis ; retrofit and upgrade of vernacular prototypes with low-tech materials and details; microclimate of open spaces; and proactive contingency planning. In 2014, in recognition of his research, educational outreach activities, and involvement in promoting green sustainable architecture, an experts' panel named him among the 100 most prominent contributors to Israel’s environmental policy (in the infrastructure and construction sector). Among other prizes and awards, he received the Israel Green Building Council Award for Leadership in Green Building (2016).
Meidad Kissinger
Meidad Kissinger
Associate Professor, PhD IsraelX
Dr. Kissinger is a geographer and a sustainability scientist specializing in bio-physical accounting and sustainability policy and planning. He holds an MSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of Haifa, Israel and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Kissinger is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environmental development at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he leads the Sustainability and Environmental Policy research group and heads the Negev Center of Sustainability. Dr. Kissinger’s professional interests and academic background are interdisciplinary. His research explores a variety of linkages between human activities and the natural environment (dependence and impact). He uses and develops bio-physical (i.e., land, energy, water, waste) and sustainability-accounting tools, and examines the policy implications of human–environment interactions at several spatial and cross spatial scales. His research in recent years covers a wide range of sustainability research themes, including urban sustainability, food systems sustainability, energy society nexus, and behavior and the environment.
Yaron Ziv
Yaron Ziv
Associate Professor, PhD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Ziv completed his undergraduate studies in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel-Aviv University (1988) and earned his MSc in Ecology from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev (1991), Israel. He received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona (1998), USA. During his PhD studies and postdoctoral training at the University of New Mexico, USA, he specialized in community ecology, macroecology and conservation biology. Dr. Ziv joined the faculty of BGU in 1988 and he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences and the Chairperson of BGU's Green Campus Initiative.
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