Sustainable Food Systems

Overviews of food systems beyond enumerating the problems with the current food system (including problems with “alternative” food strategies) and begins to build ideas of what a sustainable food system might include. The focus on particular strategies, policies, and business arrangements that could be part of a sustainable food system in discussed in developing a sustainable future. This subject encourages multidisciplinary approach in realizing sustainable food systems. 1. Compare food systems locally and globally in terms of i) the health of students, staff and families and ii) the impacts of food choices on our community and environment. 2. Communicate about the importance of healthy and sustainable food to a variety of audiences. 3. Audit a system related to health, nutrition and food. Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology UTMKL Lecture and Discussion, Cooperative Learning, Group Projects; Case Study; Audit week 1, week 2 – 3, etc. Dr Shaza Eva Mohamad conditional MMJS 1343 1. HesterMan O.B. (2011) Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. Public Affairs. 2. Blay-Palmer A. (Ed.)(2010) Principles of Water Imagining Sustainable Food Systems. Ashgate
Case Study (Group), Individual Assignment, Audit (Group), Role Play (Individual), Final Examination (Individual) Dr Shaza Eva Mohamad

Sustainability Management and Policy

This course has two primary objectives. Firstly, it will present the theories and associated practices concerned with sustainable management, policy and governance. Concepts such as sustainable consumption and production, non-structural management, and sustainable policy making will be covered. Emphasis is placed on public and private sector governance and their different approaches to the integrated management of environmental, social and economic concerns. Secondly, current environmental policies – water, energy and waste – at both governmental and corporate levels will be analysed in relation to the theories covered in the first part of the course. Malaysian and global perspectives on these environmental policies are analysed. Furthermore, the key policy developments in the latest international sustainability reporting procedures, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will be covered. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped to i) evaluate the effectiveness of corporate or public sustainability strategies and ii) integrate different sustainable approaches into corporate and public sector settings. Case studies will be drawn from local and international scenarios. Particular emphasis will be placed on team-work and effective communication skills so that course participants can contribute to behaviour change approaches and corporate sustainability strategies. 1. Analyze the different theories and concepts related to sustainable management, policy and governance 2. Evaluate different policy options for a specific sector or industry and give reasons for identifying the most sustainable solution 3. Clearly communicate a corporate sustainable strategy and demonstrate the environmental & economic trade-offs, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology UTMKL Lecture and Discussion, Team Assessment, Presentation, Case Study, Final Examination week 1, week 2 – 3, etc. Prof Dr Zuriati Zakaria conditional MMJS 1133 1. Choong W., Abdul Hakim, M & Mohammad Tahir Sabit, M (eds) (2012) Non- Structural Environmental Management. UTM Press. 2. Fischer J, Dyball R, Fazey I., et. al (2012). Human behavior and sustainability. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 153–160. 3. Vlek C. and Steg L. (2007) Human Behavior and Environmental Sustainability: Problems, Driving Forces, and Research Topics. Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 63, No. 1, pp. 1-19 4. National Green Technology Policy. Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA), 5. Hitam S. (1999) Sustainable energy policy and strategies: a prerequisite for the concerted development and promotion of the renewable energy in Malaysia. 6. Hezri A.A. & Hasan N. (2006). Towards sustainable development? The evolution of environmental Natural Resources Forum 30 :37–50 7. MOSTE (1998). National Policy on Biodiversity. Ministry of Science,Technology and the Environment, Kuala Lumpur. 8. MOSTE (2002). National Policy on the Environment. Ministry of Science,Technology and the Environment, Kuala Lumpur. Team Assessment (Group), Presentation (Individual), Case Study (Group), Final Examination Prof Dr Zuriati Zakaria