EC.715 D-Lab: Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Innovations for the Common Good


Class Info

Focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition. Emphasizes core WASH and water/environment principles, culture-specific solutions, tools for start-ups, appropriate and sustainable technologies, behavior change, social marketing, building partnerships, and the theory and practice of innovation diffusion. Term project entails entering the IDEAS or other competition(s) while implementing a WASH or water/environment innovation in a specific locale. Guest lectures on specific real-world WASH and water/environment projects which have been disseminated by MIT faculty, students, alumni, and others. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 30.

This class has no prerequisites.

EC.715 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by S. E. Murcott.

Lecture occurs 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesdays in N51-350.

This class counts for a total of 9 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the D-Lab: Disseminating Innovations for the Common Good site.

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