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U.S. Energy Policy graduate class announced

covers of books on energy policy

PUBADM 545/ENGR 597: U.S. Energy Policy

Fall 2022
Mondays 6:00 – 8:45pm
Multipurpose Classroom Building 211

How are large-scale changes in energy production and consumption affecting the environment and the communities we live in?

This course explores how our energy portfolio is changing and the environmental and social implications of this transition. One view of the term sustainability transition refers to the large-scale societal changes that are deemed necessary to solve “grand societal challenges.” This field of research is increasingly global and encompasses issues ranging from energy, water, resources, food, and mobility at a variety of scales. These sustainability transitions are a threat to incumbent actors, existing infrastructures, and embedded institutional and policy practices. Yet, they also, present opportunities for radical change, reduced environmental impacts, more resilience, more equitable distribution of benefits, community empowerment. This course will use the current energy transition and the move away from fossil fuels to explore how complex systems co-evolve. The course applies a sociotechnical systems perspective emphasizing interconnections among technology, policy, ecology, and social change to provide students with approaches and perspectives to assess the potential for policy to reduce environmental impacts and accelerate system change.

For graduate students in Public Policy, Engineering, or other related fields.

Questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Lenhart