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Restoring Nature: Sustainability in the Real World

Meeting timeCRNSession
Mondays 2:30PM-3:30PM 45801Full Term

This course will focus on experiencing positive actions that are being taken to reduce or repair the human impact on the natural environment. We will take brief trips to see firsthand how this is being done at localities near UT. This will include trips to: a restored mining quarry (Ijams Nature Center), a solar power station (Ijams Nature Center), an urban creek (Second Creek), a composting facility, and a recycling facility downtown. Several guest speakers from the sustainability community will visit including the UT Sustainability manager, the UT recycling coordinator and leaders from UT student environmental groups.

Professor Information

Michael McKinney


  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
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I have been at UT for 31 years. I am Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Sustainability major. I advise the student environmental club, SPEAK, and the UT club for Ecological Restoration. I enjoy hiking and spending time in wilderness areas, and have written many articles and books about environmental topics.