Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS 195 Energy Action Seminar

This special seminar series, supported by UVM’s Clean Energy Fund, features top-level thinkers engaged in identifying best practices for implementing renewable energy. Energy has major environmental impacts, both in how we use it and how we extract it, contributing, for example, from 30 to 40 percent of our total greenhouse gases. Renewable energy resources can sharply lower these impacts, yet increasing the share of renewable energy is a challenge. Students will be offered a variety of field trips to energy facilities and green buildings in Vermont and also the opportunity for lunch and dinner (paid through the course) with several guests. Speakers working at the forefront of these issues will lead discussions on solar, wind, biomass, hydro and other renewable energy technologies and associated public policies. Past speakers have included: Duane Peterson, co-founder of SunCommon; Lisa Song, reporter at InsideClimate; and David Hochschild, commissioner at the California Energy Commission. We expect to generate lively conversations with our invited speakers as we explore how to build a more sustainable and renewable energy system.

Instructor(s):

Instructor(s):

Credits: 

1

Prerequisites: 

ENVS 001, 002 or NR 001, 002 or ENSC 001

Enrollment Limit: 

36