Course Information
Further Explorations

Sustainable Energy Solutions for the 21st Century:
Science, Technology, and Policy

5 credits

Aug. 27 - Sept. 20, 2013
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30-12:00 pm
OUG 141

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  • Visit to the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project, coming up Thursday Sept. 12, 2013. Please meet promptly in class at 11:00 am.
  • Visit to the UW Physical Plant, Thursday Sept. 5, 2013. Please meet promptly in class at 9:30 AM and we will walk to parking lot C14 to start the tour with Mark Kirschenbaum, Assistant Director, Campus Utilities.
  • The Odegaard Writing and Research Center for Early Fall Start students will be in operation during Early Fall Start. Students who feel that they could use some help writing college-level papers are particularly encouraged to visit the center. You should book online as drop-ins can be accommodated on a very limited basis. The staff will not write your papers for you, but they will help you get started and talk with you about such things as style, audience, and organization.
  • Welcome to Class!

    Become an informed citizen of a new generation and prepare to contribute meaningfully to the energy debate. Discover, for example, how cars can be made significantly more energy-efficient, and why planes cannot; and how the power from wind farms, tide farms, and wave farms can all be calculated swiftly. We will examine the use and benefits of both fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas), and alternative energy sources (bio-fuels, solar energy, wind, batteries, and nuclear). Evaluate policy options, engineering challenges and potential solutions to meeting our energy needs sustainably.

    What the Course Covers

  • Regional and global energy demand, sources, policy and current and future technologies
  • Costs of sustainable energy production and its impacts on climate and the environment
  • Solutions to our energy problems

    Who Should Attend?

  • Inquisitive students interested in sustainability solutions with simple algebra and arithmetic skills
  • Students who intend to pursue business, humanities, sciences or engineering at the UW

  • Last updated on Sept. 8 16:51:32 PDT