The course introduces students to the components of the natural and built environments. It presents the basic concepts of sustainability and the main goals of sustainable development. It examines the existing inter-linkages between the environment, economy and society while focusing on ecological footprints and resilience of the built environment. The course gives an overview on the Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation in countries, especially in Lebanon. Emphasis is on the voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) and their emerging technological applications.