Joel focuses on sustainability strategy, planning, and implementation. He works globally with the private, public, and non-profit sectors to support sustainability development, business, innovation, public health, education, equity, and community vitality.
Sustainability, outdoor industry, conservation, human-environment interactions, national parks
ENVM 5054 - Engagement for Resilience
Spring 2022 / Summer 2023
The course will apply stakeholder engagement skills through a series of contemporaneous case studies and group projects. Students will engage with communities around the State of Colorado to determine how municipalities are planning for resiliency. Resiliency planning may include health (COVID-19), environmental (drought and climate change), and economic (economic development; cost-of-living; unemployment) considerations. Previously offered as special topics course. Recommended restriction: MENV graduate students or MBA students.
ENVS 3100 - Topics in Applied Environmental Studies
Covers a variety of topics not currently offered in the curriculum; offered depending upon instructor availability and student demand. Fulfills application requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 8 total credit hours, provided topics vary. Recommended prerequisite: ENVS 1000.
ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
Summer 2021 / Summer 2023
Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
ENVS 6302 - Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Livelihoods
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Examines rural transformation and the adoption of recreation economies in communities across the U.S. West in response to burgeoning recreation industry and interest in public lands. Students will evaluate different approaches for developing and managing recreation economies in small towns that consider diverse social, cultural, economic, and environmental constraints as well as opportunities in a time of rapid change. Project-based course. Students learn techniques to gather and synthesize data that support solution development. Same as ENVM 6302.
OREC 5013 - Circular Economy and Integration of Sustainable Business Practices
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Summer 2023
Examine the tools and practices needed to set, implement, track, and communicate progress towards sustainability goals. Explore the fundamentals of a circular economy, the business value in a circular economy, how business models are presently shifting, and most importantly, why businesses should become part of this transformational shift. Develop an understanding of sustainability measurement and the skills needed to critique and improve sustainability outcomes for businesses and their stakeholders. Knowledge and skills from this course can be used to build sustainability strategies with clear and measurable outcomes, and to develop actionable sustainability plans.