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Fundamentals of Sustainable Living

by The Great Courses

Become an active participant in the worldwide sustainability revolution.

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What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable guidebook with summaries, questions to consider and suggested reading
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

You may already reduce, reuse and recycle, but there’s so much more to living a sustainable lifestyle. Here, Prof. Lonnie A. Gamble takes you from the concepts of sustainability to their practical applications from a thriving community orchard to his own greenhouse. Discover concrete practices you can integrate into your everyday life — whether you live on a farm or in a city apartment — to save money, live healthier, and make a positive impact on the world.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Making Your Lifestyle Footprint Regenerative
Meet your instructor, Lonnie Gamble, and start class by considering what it means to live sustainably. Discover how your choices of home, food, transportation and energy promote a sustainable lifestyle.
2. Sustainable Energy Options
3. Sustainable Building Choices
4. Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes
5. Fresh Food From Your Own Garden
6. Winter Gardening
7. Sustainable Water Use
8. Transportation Alternatives & the Ecocity
9. Sustainable Products for the Home
10. Green Economics: Living Well
11. Inner Dimensions of Sustainability
12. Shifting to a Sustainable Worldview

Taught by

Lonnie A. Gamble
Lonnie A. Gamble
Lonnie A. Gamble is an award-winning assistant professor of Sustainable Living and co-director of the Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Prof. Gamble holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, where he's been teaching since 2003. He's also founded half a dozen companies in the areas of renewable energy, telecommunications, sustainable building and development and sustainable agriculture, in addition to a consulting practice in the design of high-performance buildings and renewable energy systems.

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