Yale University

Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI)

contacts Alessandro Gomez, Ph.D: Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director of the Yale Center for Combustion Studies; affiliated with Yale Climate and Energy Institute. 203.432.4384
http://www.eng.yale.edu/gomez-lab/ alessandro.gomez@yale.edu
Yehia Khalil, Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering. Professor of Air Pollution Control- Environmental Engineering Program. (203) 432-4387
http://www.seas.yale.edu/faculty-detail.php?id=54 yehia.khalil [at] yale.edu
overview
“The goals of the Research and Workshop grants are two fold: to promote innovative approaches as well as practical and implementable solutions to climate change and future energy needs; and to promote collaboration among the social and natural sciences, engineering, medicine and humanities that transcend traditional research boundaries. “
project goals
mission statement: “The Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI) seeks to understand Earth’s climate system, ecological and social impacts of climate change, the strengths and weaknesses of current political and economic system’s ability to respond to climate change, and to provide realistic, implementable solutions to societies and communities around the world.”
level
undergraduate, graduate
methods
Center established to encourage innovate, interdisciplinary research at Yale.
timeline
lessons
links
http://climate.yale.edu/ Yale Climate and Energy Institute
http://climate.yale.edu/courses/all-courses energy and climate courses
http://www.teriin.org/index.php Energy and Resource Institute
http://www.seas.yale.edu/departments-chemical.php chemical and environmental engineering

University of Arizona

School of Sustainable Engineered Systems + Research Centers

contacts Betsy Woodhouse, Deputy Director, Institute of the Environment woodhou1@email.arizona.edu
http://www.environment.arizona.edu/betsy-woodhouse (520) 626-1805
Pierre Deymier,   Professor Director of the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems Deymier@email.arizona.edu
http://www.mse.arizona.edu/staff/index.php?ID=36&PID=32 (520) 621-6080
overview
University of Arizona is working across the disciplines to develop technology for a sustainable future.  In 2009 the College of Engineering established the school of Sustainable Engineering Systems which links the natural and engineered systems.
project goals
Mission statement for Engineering for a Sustainable Environment:  “Engineering for sustainability is a new and dynamic field that, in addition to enhancing academic knowledge and expertise, offers considerable promise for stimulating entrepreneurship, including formation of new private-sector businesses. Engineering aimed at jumpstarting a new paradigm in environmental systems engineering is at the core of the TRIF TER initiative in this area.”
level graduate, Ph.D
methods
(1)Global Climate Change Minor Committee:  an interdisciplinary team of faculty that serve as minor advisors to Ph.D candidates.   Under the Earth Fellowship program graduate students with the intent to pursue Global Change minor are paired with Ph.D candidates with similar interests. (2) Environmental Sustainability/Solar is a partnerships of scientist and Mechanical and Aerospace engineers dedicated to developing sustainable energy alternatives and sustainable engineering practices.
timeline
2010, Sustainable Engineered Systems
lessons
links http://www.environment.arizona.edu/ter Translational Environmental Research  TER
http://globalchange.arizona.edu/ Global Change PhD minor Program
http://www.environment.arizona.edu/academic-programs Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) first class 2012
http://www.arizona.edu/business-industry/environmental-sustainabilitysolar research institute working to develop renewable energy sources
http://www.engr.arizona.edu/news/story.php?id=40 Sustainable Engineered Systems

UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute

contacts Daniel Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) ; overview course ER-100 Energy and Society. (510) 642-1139
http://kammen.berkeley.edu/ kammen@berkeley.edu 
Arpad Horvath, Engineering and Project Management Program Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Interests include life-cycle assessment. Environmental assessment of civil infrastructure systems. (510) 642-7300
http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~horvath/ horvath@ce.berkeley.edu
overview
The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) researches clean & affordable  energy solutions for the shift to a sustainable future. The institute is an interdisciplinary team of faculty from science, engineering, social science, market, and policy research departments. The Energy and Climate Institute conducts research in four perspectives including, supply, demand, environment and policy.
level
undergraduate, graduate
methods
(1)Berkeley has provided financial incentives for faculty to develop new survey courses on topics related to climate change and energy. (2)CAL energy Corps is an undergraduate internship program which creates opportunities for students to participate in the development of sustainable energy and climate solutions.
timeline
Recently developed
lessons
links
http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/energy Energy and Climate Change
http://erg.berkeley.edu/info/about.shtml#anchor_mission Energy and Resource Group
http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/energy/berkeley-energy-climate-lectures Energy and climate Lectures (chemical eng.)
http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/energy/welcome-cal-energy-corps Cal Energy Corps
http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/energy/courses-related-energy-and-climate-research Energy and climate change courses
http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/energy/innovation-seed-fund Innovation seed funding

University of British Columbia

Master of Engineering Clean Energy

contacts David Wilkinson, Director;  Chemical Engineering.  604-822-4888 (CA)
http://www.chbe.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/wilkinson.php  dwilkinson@chbe.ubc.ca
Steven Rogak, Associate Director;   Canada Research Chair in Clean Energy Systems rogak@mech.ubc.ca
http://mech.ubc.ca/steven-rogak/ (604) 822-4149 (CA)
overview
One of a handful of universities with a specialized degree in Clean Energy Engineering.  The program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering who are seeking an advance degree in clean energy technology.
project goals
level
graduate
methods
(1) The profession includes course work and a project; (2) focus on management and leadership development; (3) broad range of electives; (4) industry partnerships (benefits for industry affiliates http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/industry/member.php (5) The Co-op program is a four month opportunity post graduation for the development of work-related experience.
timeline
The Clean Energy Research Center opened in 2006. The inaugural year for an M.Eng degree was fall 2009.
lessons
links
http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/ Clean Energy Research Center
http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/prospective_students/cleanenergy.php Master of Engineering
in Clean Energy
http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/prospective_students/CEEN-electives-20june2011.pdf Clean Energy Electives
http://www.cerc.ubc.ca/industry/index.php Partnerships with Industries

Duke University

Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

contacts
Jay Golden,  Director of Duke’s Center for Sustainability and Commerce. Expertise in corporate sustainability. jay.golden@duke.edu  
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/people/golden/golden 919-613-8709
Jonas Monast, directs the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute. Work focuses is on energy policies. jonas.monast@duke.edu
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/people/monast/monast 919-681-7188
overview
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions is a non-partisan center providing information and research to support businesses, industry, government an non-profits to make informed decisions in support of developing a sustainable future.
goals
The Nicholas Institute is a team of economist, scientist, and policy experts  working to put “knowledge in the service of society” in regards to energy, environment and sustainability.   The institute: (1) fosters an open an honest dialogue among the stakeholders; (2)   develops data models and analysis; and (3) supports decision makes with unbiased evaluations.
level
N/A
methods
There are several faculty working  groups within the Nicholas Institute including: (1)Ecosystem Services Working Group; (2) Environmental Economics Working Group; (3) Oceans and Coasts Working Group; (4) Water Working Group.    A Climate/Energy Working Group  is under development and the Co-Chairs will be Jonas Monast and Lincoln Pratson.
timeline
Founded in 2005
lessons
links
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/about/ about
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/climate/lowcarbontech climate & energy
http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/publications/ publications

McMaster University (CA)

McMaster University Center for Climate Change

contacts Altaf Arain, Associate Professor (School of Geography and Earth Sciences)
Director, McMaster Centre for Climate Change
arainm@mcmaster.ca
http://www.science.mcmaster.ca/geo/faculty/arain/index.html (905) 525-9140 ext. 27941  (CA)
eng. dept Dr. Krantzberg G., Professor Department of Civil Engineering and Director, Centre for Engineering and Public Policy. krantz@mcmaster.ca
http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/civil/facultypages/krantzberg.htm 905-525-9140 x 24287  (CA)(department)
eng. dept Dr. Guo Y.  Dr. Guo Y., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering. guoy@mcmaster.ca
http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/civil/facultypages/guoy.htm 905-525-9140 x 24287 (CA)
overview
The McMaster Center for Climate Change utilizes expertise from the faculty of science, faculty of engineering, faculty of social sciences, and faculty of health sciences.
project goals
The objectives of the research group include: (1) multi-disciplinary research on climate change; (2) develop a better understanding of the impacts of climate change; (3) understand human perception of climate change; (4) promote scholarship about climate change; (5) participate in public outreach; (6) facilitate the application of scientific knowledge to further a sustainable future.
level
undergraduate, graduate
methods
The Center has seven research groups including: (1) Physical Climate & Model, (2) Ecosystem Impacts and Adaptations, (3) Water Resources and Hydroclimate, (4) Paleoclimate and Isotopes, (5) Infrastructure Imapacts, (6) Human Health andd Societal Impacts, and (7) Sustainability, Resilience and Public Policy.
timeline
Center established in 2009.
lessons
links
http://climate.mcmaster.ca/about.html about center
http://climate.mcmaster.ca/research.html On-going research

MIT: 2 Programs

(1) MIT Joint Program on Science an Policy of Global Change

contacts Th Joint Program
Dr. John E. Parsons, Executive Director, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change jparsons@mit.edu
http://globalchange.mit.edu/people/faculty.php?id=40 617-324-3745
overview
The MIT Joint Program is a multidisciplinary program from the Center for Energy an Environmental Policy Research, the Center for Global Change Sciences and collaboration with other research institutions with MIT and beyond.  The MIT Center for Global Change Science is an independent center in the School of Science with integration in collaboration with the school of Engineering.
project goals
The MIT Joint Program is designed to confront climate change through the integration of multiple disciplines.  The  program starts with developing a solid foundation in understanding  the complex interdependency of  land, water and air systems.    The system and climate change issues are then translated into to developing  polices that respond and mitigate the potential affects of climate change. The Program emphasizes the importance of  understanding the economic and environment impact of technological development on the climate.
level
does not grant degrees, focused on the next generation of research
methods
(1) The Joint program uses a combination of research, analysis and public outreach to confront climate change;  (2) Interdisciplinary approach;  (3) the key to the Joint Program is the Integrated Global System Modeling Framework (IGSM), which analyzes the relationship between human actions and changes to the climate though a series of feedback loops; (4) students participate in cutting edge research and policy development; (5) students are encouraged to develop, present and publish their research.
timeline
x
lessons
The concepts and the exposure to the content of the Joint Research Program is introduced in the MIT course Global Climate Change: Economic, Science, and Policy. Students from any department can participate in the Joint Program.
links
http://globalchange.mit.edu/ joint program
http://globalchange.mit.edu/research/contributions/technology.html technology & energy systems
http://globalchange.mit.edu/about/structure.html structure
http://globalchange.mit.edu/igsm/ Integrated Global System Modeling framework
http://globalchange.mit.edu/pubs/theses.html

(2) MIT Technology and Policy Program

contacts Technology and Policy Program
Prof. Diva Newman, Director. MIT Appointment: Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Mac Vicar Faculty Fellow dnewman@mit.edu
http://web.mit.edu/aeroastro/people/newman.html (617) 258-8799
overview
The Technology and Policy Program educates engineers and scientist to responsibly manage technological development  that benefit humanity.  The program couples the development of leadership skills and technological development.
project goals
The Technology and Policy program is in the process of being refined.  The following principles provide the framework for the changes: (1) Competence in developing responsible strategies and policies for technological development and control; (2) core core integration with Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) and Systems Design Management (SDM); and (3) a version of the degree will be made available to other universities.  The degree will have  multiple focal points/tracks such as  biotechnology, electric power, environment, global change and etc.
level master’s, PhD
methods
(1)multidisciplinary- technological discipline coupled with applied social science. (2) restructuring a couple of degrees to more effectively respond to the issues graduates will be confronted with after a degree has been granted.
timeline
In the process of changing  and redefining its focus to prepare students for jobs that involve both policy and technological development.  The Program was originally created over thirty years ago.
lessons learned
links
http://tppserver.mit.edu/ department
http://tppserver.mit.edu/index.php?id=50 initiative for change

MAJOR CHALLENGES TO ENGINEERING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: WHAT HAS TO CHANGE TO MAKE IT CREATIVE, EFFECTIVE, AND ACCEPTABLE TO THE ESTABLISHED DISCIPLINES
Nicholas A. Ashford, Professor of Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stanford University

Atmosphere/Energy Civil and Environmental Engineering

contacts
Mark Z. Jacobson professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Director of Atmosphere/Energy program. jacobson@stanford.edu
http://cee.stanford.edu/programs/atmosenergy/faculty/layout.php?sunetid=jacobson
overview
Atmosphere/ Engineering is an interdisciplinary degree linking atmospheric and energy sciences with energy engineering.  Climate change is very closely related to the energy technologies.   Joining the disciplines allows for students to understand the cause and work towards creating change.
project goals
The goal of the program is to educate the students and the public on climate, energy and pollution and to develop methods for reducing impact through renewable energy sources.  The goal of the interdisciplinary program is to better prepare students to effectively participate in a dynamic and complex workforce.
level
undergraduate, graduate, PhD
methods
1. Developed a new subprogram in civil engineering.     2. Global Climate & Energy Project: conducting innovative research on energy technologies with lower green house gas admissions.  The research is done in collaboration with private industries an research institutions such as  ExxonMobile, General Electric, Schlumberger an Toyota.  The research is mainly spearheaded by PhD students and graduate and undergraduates are included in the research teams.  Multiple research projects are in progress simultaneously.        3. Stanford Solar and Wind Energy Project:  dedicated to promoting & developing solar and wind energy on Stanford’s campus.  It was started by a group of graduate students in 2006-7 academic year.
timeline
A degrees in Atmosphere/Energy started in the 2004-5 academic year for graduate; began in 2007-8 for undergraduate.
lessons
In a short time period  the program expanded from graduate level degree to a undergraduate level degree.  The program is expanding and the content of the program is unique in American institutes of higher education.
links
http://cee.stanford.edu/programs/atmosenergy/index.html department
http://gcep.stanford.edu/ global climate & energy project
http://inversion.stanford.edu/swep/drupal/ solar wind & energy project
 http://gcep.stanford.edu/