Class description

What if we could measure the amount of forced labor used in each individual construction project? What might it look like if, in addition to knowing a building's carbon footprint, we knew the amount of exploited labor involved in the creation and maintenance of that structure? In this course, multi-disciplinary teams of students will examine approaches for developing sets of indices that convey the degree to which a specific process may contain the output of forced labor. As a class, we will build on index systems developed in other fields, including those for community adaptive capacity and consumer product environmental impact. Students will leverage problem solving skills and insights from fields including engineering, law, business, heath sciences, and policy to develop innovative solutions to an identified challenge in this area.