Mobility and the Environment

The College of Engineering: Integrative Systems + Design

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The College of Engineering: Integrative Systems + Design


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Foundations of mobility module

This module examines the many ways that transportation affects the environment, including factors that determine the scale of impact and how these factors affect externalities such as air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. You will learn about transportation energy use, how environmental concerns have been addressed to date, and technologies that can help improve the sustainability of mobility. This module also covers the environmental effects of major modes of transportation, including light-duty vehicles (personal travel), medium and heavy-duty vehicles (goods movement), air travel, and maritime shipping. By the end of the module, you will understand how major impacts are measured, know where to find data on the environmental effects of mobility systems, and recognize the public agencies and other entities involved in addressing mobility and the environment.



  • Introduction – Module Overview and Key Concepts
  • Travel Demand
  • New Mobility Systems and the Future of Travel Demand
  • Transportation Energy Use
  • Transportation and Global Climate Change
  • Transportation and Air Quality
  • Motor Vehicle Emissions Control Systems
  • Progress and Challenges in Motor Vehicle Emissions Control
  • Vehicle Efficiency – Light-Duty Vehicles
  • Vehicle Efficiency – Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
  • Renewable Fuels
  • Electric Vehicle Technologies
  • How Do Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars Work?
  • Electric Vehicle Energy and Emission Impacts
  • Air Travel and the Environment
  • Toward Sustainable Mobility – Module Summary and Synthesis


  • You will have access to this module for 60 days.
  • This module contains 6-7 hours of required recorded material and associated testing assessments.
  • The module also includes supplemental reading material to bolster your knowledge.


Successful completion of module topics, readings, and testing assessment with an 80% pass rate is required to earn a digital badge for this module.


To earn a Certificate in Foundations of Mobility, consider enrolling in our 15-week courses: Course I: Mobility Behavior & Technology and Course II: Mobility System Design, Finance & Regulation


  • There are no prerequisites for this module.

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Technical Requirements

The program requires a minimum of the following common set of tools and resources:

A high-speed internet connection outside of a corporate firewall is required to access online course lectures. Online students will need the following:

  • Windows 10, Mac OS X v10.5+, or equivalent OS
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4GB free disk space
  • A monitor capable of 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Sound card and speakers
  • High Speed Internet access (LAN, Cable modem or DSL)
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Adobe Reader 10+
  • Cookies enabled in your web browser


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Content Questions and Support

Students are welcome to contact the course instructor and/or their course assistants with content-related questions and support.


You will finish this module with a comprehensive understanding of how mobility affects the environment, including the importance of scale, the general principles of environmental protection and how they apply to transportation, and what is meant by sustainability overall.


John DeCicco

John M. DeCicco, Ph.D., is a research professor emeritus retired from the University of Michigan. His work addresses energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public polic...

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