Applied Sustainability:

Learning today how we impact tomorrow

July 19 – August 7, 2020

Understanding how our behavior today influences our ability to meet the needs of tomorrow is critical to building a more resilient planet. Grass roots initiatives, innovative companies, and progressive institutions are working to create solutions to help meet present global resource needs without compromising those of future generations. True sustainability, however, is complex and multifaceted, and as a result, creating a sustainable future requires a holistic and integrated approach.

In this course, you will learn how faculty from across the liberal arts curriculum are contributing to this global conversation while also using the initiatives and resources of the Carleton campus and Northfield community as working laboratories of innovation, reflection, creative thinking, and problem solving.

Academic Credit Information

Summer Carls can earn up to six Carleton course credits (typically transfers as three semester credits) for successfully meeting faculty expectations and completing course requirements. In addition to receiving written feedback about course performance from faculty, students will receive one of the following three possible grade designations: satisfactory (S), credit (Cr), or no credit (NC). Formal academic transcripts are available upon request for Summer Carl alumni and will reflect the name of the course and grade earned.

2020 Courses and Faculty:


John Berini

Professor John Berini

While 2019 was John’s first year at Carleton, he has taught in the fields of ecology and conservation biology since 2008. His expertise is in understanding how habitat change, both through time and across space, influences the feeding behavior of ungulate herbivores. John’s research focuses on a broad range of topics, from the influences of climate change on the defensive chemistry of woody plants to reconstructing the diets of large herbivores using stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen.

Growing up in rural Ohio, John was inspired to become a biologist by watching “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and “Marty Stouffer’s Wild America.” Prior to obtaining his undergraduate degree, however, he spent six years in the United States Air Force to help pay for college. His interest in feeding ecology began as an undergraduate in Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where he studied wolf-bison interactions in Yellowstone National Park. He continued his work on large mammal feeding behavior in graduate school, where he studied American bison in Yellowstone and moose in northeast Minnesota. His recent courses at Carleton include Landscape Ecology, Global Change Biology, and Population Ecology.