University of Vermont

Green Dorm

Energy 101

Why is it taking so long to transition away from fossil fuels when we know climate change is so urgent?

In order to promote new clean energy projects on the UVM campus and beyond, UVM students need a basic understanding of how the energy system works. What are the “true” costs of fossil fuels, renewables, conservation, and efficiency? How can we compare these resources on a level playing field so we know what’s best? How do intermittent resources, like solar and wind, plug into the grid? How do climate change, cost, and reliability influence energy policy?

This project will provide students with answers to these basic questions in an easy-to-digest, 40-45 minute presentation about energy. The presentation will fit easily as a guest lecture into class schedules or could be given at student group meetings, teach-ins, or seminar series with time for questions and answers.