COMM 487/597 — Instructor: Prof. Werner Antweiler

ISBN 9781442626133 Book Cover Textbook (required reading): The textbook for this course is my own book Elements of Environmental Management, published by University of Toronto Press in the summer of 2014. It is available directly from the publisher, through the UBC Bookstore, and from Amazon and from Indigo/Chapters. It is currently available as trade paperback and hardcover. An ebook version is forthcoming. More information at

Newspaper Articles: You are required to read and prepare assigned articles and cases in advance of the class in which the articles are discussed. The list below provides access electronically. Most articles are free on the various newspaper web sites, usually up to a maximum number of articles per month. However, if you have difficulties accessing particular sources, you may need to look up the article in the UBC Library and use your CWL login. The articles below are sorted by topic and progress through the corresponding book chapters and classroom sessions. If you come across articles that would be useful to discuss in class, you are invited to submit your suggestions to the instructor.

Sustainability Environmental Economics Environmental Law Corporate Environmental Strategy Pollution Abatement Energy Systems Lecture Notes: Lecture notes are handout versions of the presentation slides with Get Acrobat Reader space for annotations. All lecture notes are in PDF. To view PDF files please use the free Acrobat Reader, available for download from the Adobe web site. Access to lecture notes for my course is restricted to students enrolled in this course. If you prefer using an iPad to read lecture notes, I recommend that you use GoodReader for iPad because this application allows you to annotate PDF files. Unfortunately, GoodReader is not free; it costs $4.99. To access the lecture notes, please click on the Log In button in the menu above.
Video Files: In addition to lecture notes, the course management system also provides access to video files for the team project presentations. Video files are published in MP4 format. If your default Windows media player does not play MP4 video files, pelase download the free VLC media player. Mac users should use QuickTime.
Research Articles (Recommended Readings)
  1. Dan Kirby, Radha Curpen, and Shawn Denstedt: Environmental Law in Canada, Osler, Hosking, and Harcourt LLP. March 2009, pp. 54-58.
  2. Sameer Kumar, Valora Putnam: Cradle to Cradle: Reverse logistics strategies and opportunities across three industry sectors, International Journal of Production Economics 115 (2008), 305-315.
  3. John Christensen, Christopher Park, Earl Sun, Max Goralnick, and Jayanth Iyengar: A practical guide to green sourcing, Supply Chain Management Review, November 2008, 14-21
Recommended Reference Books
  • Jamie Benidickson. Environmental Law. Irwin Law, 3rd edition, 2008.
  • Paul L. Bishop. Pollution Prevention: Fundamentals and Practice. Waveland Press, 2004.
  • Godfrey Boyle, Bob Everett, and Janet Ramage. Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Gwendolyn Burke, Ben R. Singh, and Louis Theodore. Handbook of Environmental Management and Technology. Wiley-Interscience, New York, 2nd edition, 2004.
  • Mackenzie L. Davis and David A. Cornwell. Introduction to Environmental Engineering, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 4th edition, 2008.
  • Barry Field and Nancy Olewiler. Environmental Economics. McGraw-Hill, 2nd canadian edition, 2005.
  • Daniel E. Etsy. Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. Yale University Press, 2006.
  • Chris T. Hendrickson, Lester B. Lave, and H. Scott Matthews. Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach, Resources for the Future Press, Washington DC, 2006.
  • Joel Makower. Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
  • Bram F. Noble: Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Principles and Practice. Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Dixon Thompson (editor). Tools for Environmental Management: A Practical Introduction and Guide. University of Calgary Press, 2006.
  • T. H. Tietenberg. Emissions Trading: Principles and Practice, Resources for the Future Press, second edition, 2006.

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