About the course 

There are two growing trends on our planet: population growth and a shift towards urbanization. Both trends are threatening the sustainability of our species.

Rapid and unplanned urban growth may result in poor societal infrastructures; such as inadequate housing, water, sanitation, transportation and healthcare services.

How can we maintain a livable environment for all, one that encourages economic growth and environmental preservation while also meeting food, water and energy needs? This course provides important considerations for these important issues.

Instructor: John Fillo

Open enrollment: Start the course any time and submit the final exam on or before Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Delivery: Self-paced online, self-assessment quizzes (not graded) multiple choice final exam (graded).

Credentials: A course completion certificate is available to students who successfully complete the course by passing the final exam.

Who can take this course: This course is open to all engineers, professionals and students.

Course Fees

  • $35 Binghamton University Students and other SUNY school students
  • $50 Binghamton University faculty/staff and other SUNY school faculty/staff
  • $75 Standard/Industry



  • Making the case for sustainability
  • Climate change & decision making under uncertainty
  • Sustainable agriculture issue of food
  • Water and sustainable development
  • Sustainability and energy


John Fillo is Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science professor emeritus in mechanical engineering.

He graduated with a PhD in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and taught at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and the University of Texas - EI Paso. He later worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for 10 years in the area of fusion energy research.

After leaving Brookhaven, Fillo became the founding chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the Watson School. This was followed by appointments as the associate dean for research and associate dean for academic affairs. After serving as chairman for the Department of Bioengineering, Dr. Fillo is now associated with the ES2 Data Center research group. He continues to teach in the energy area and develops courses in continuing education.


Payment is made at the time of registration. Use registration at top of page.
If you are not able to pay with credit card,  then please contact us to make arrangements for a payment by check. 
For questions, contact the Office of Industrial Outreach at:
Phone: 607-777-6241


Please note our cancellation and refund policy:  All refunds will be assessed a $20 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued once the registrant has been added to the course. For refund requests contact

If the course is cancelled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.