ENVR E-102 Energy and the Environment
Spring Term 2017 CRN 21783
This course examines the relationship between energy and the environment in our global society. It analyzes the driving forces that influence the production and consumption of energy to evaluate their impacts on environmental quality, human health, and social equity. At the end of this course students are able to understand and assess the pros and cons of conventional and renewable energy systems, issues surrounding new transportation technologies, energy intensity of food production, effects of supply chain management and international commerce in energy security, energy management in buildings, and the mechanisms needed to evolve into sustainable energy operations in the green economy for the twenty-first century. Topics include natural gas, fracking, the concept of clean coal, carbon sequestration and storage projects, the rise of solar and wind power, biofuels production, hybrid and electric vehicles, sustainable transportation technologies, green buildings, and energy used in organic farming.