Advanced Concepts Unit 2 The Importance of Biodiversity

Essential Question

Why is biodiversity an important feature of healthy, vibrant ecosystems?

The Big Idea

Just like cities full of people, businesses, and transportation networks, ecosystems depend on life-supporting cycles of energy and nutrients. Similarly, cities and ecosystems both depend on diversity: a wide range of services, occupations, and infrastructure in cities; and a range of species, biological “jobs,” and ecological services in ecosystems. This unit explores the biocentric viewpoint of sustainability, which values biodiversity as a primary measure of ecosystem health. Currently, human activity is decreasing global biodiversity by driving the extinction of many species. An understanding of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, and tools for protecting biodiversity is essential to creating sustainability that is successfully aligned with natural systems.

Topics Covered:

  • Where Does Life Exist? Defining the Earth’s Biosphere 
  • Biodiversity as Nature’s Risk Management Tool 
  • The Benefits of Biodiversity to Humans 
  • The Biodiversity Crisis: Tropical Forests and Oceans 
  • Biodiversity Threats and Protection Strategies

This course is approved for 1.5 GBCI CE Hours for LEED Credential Maintenance. 

Please note: This course is part of the 7.5 hour course Advanced Concepts in Sustainability (aka the Fellow Certificate).