Cornell University

Energy Studies in the College of Engineering

contacts Prof. J. W. Tester: Director, Sustainable Energy Institute, Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future 607-254-7211
http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/cheme/people/profile/index.cfm?netid=JWT54 jwt45@cornell.edu
overview
Philosophy behind the minor: “Providing affordable energy to meet the demands of both developed and developing nations without further damaging the natural environment and the Earth’s climate system, is a Grand Challenge for the 21st century. Our quality of life and the stability of the world’s nations ultimately depend on having accessible energy resources and an equitable and sustainable energy supply and distribution system.”
project goals
The minor was established being preparing students to participate in the Grand Challenge  of developing affordable and sustainable energy sources.  Cornell University has more than 50 courses related to energy and sustainability across a wide array of disciplines.  The program fosters collaborative working habits and encourages innovative thinking.
level undergraduate, graduate
methods
The new minor in Sustainable Energy Systems has four interdependent study themes including (1) energy systems analysis (2)energy sources and technologies for a transition to sustainability (3) natural systems impacted by energy production and use (4) social impact: policy, economics, business, history, ethics and risk analysis.
timeline
Sustainable Energy Systems minor established in 2010.
lessons
links
http://www.geo.cornell.edu/eas/energy/ Energy Studies in the College of Engineering
http://www.geo.cornell.edu/eas/energy/majors/EnergyMinor.pdf New Energy minor at Cornell
http://www.sustainablefuture.cornell.edu/index.php Atkinson Center of a Sustainable Future
http://www.geo.cornell.edu/eas/energy/research_front_page/ energy research
http://www.geo.cornell.edu/eas/energy/research_front_page/climate_change.html engineering climate change research
http://www.cornell.edu/video/?vidID=1636 climate change forum archive

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

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Department Technology Dynamics & Sustainable Development.


contacts Ir. G. de Werk  coordinator of the graduation specialization of Technology in Sustainable Development. G.deWerk@tudelft.nl. 
http://www.tbm.tudelft.nl/over-faculteit/afdelingen/values-and-technology/sectie-tdo/medewerkers/gertjan-de-werk/gertjan-de-werk/ Phone #: +31 (0)15 27 87196
Karel F. Mulder Focus points: Steering technological development towards sustainability. Department: Technology Dynamics & Sustainable Development.    K.F.Mulder@tudelft.nl
http://sustainabilityscience.org/content.html?contentid=1524  phone #: +31 (0)15 27 81043
Mariette Overschie, Industrial Design Engineering, Design for Sustainability. Docent for Boatweek. M.G.F.Overschie@tudelft.nl
http://www.tbm.tudelft.nl/over-faculteit/afdelingen/values-and-technology/sectie-tdo/medewerkers/mariette-overschie/mariette-overschie/ phone #    +31 (0)15 27 85505
overview
At a minimum, introduce basic knowledge of sustainable development
into the individual disciplines of engineering.
project goals
To developed  a systematic way and structure for integrating sustainability into a broad range of technology courses.
level undergraduate, graduate
methods
1. Introduction Course: Technology in Sustainable development.
2.Concepts of sustainability integrated throughout the course load.
3. Develop a track to specialize in Sustainable Development. Each engineering discipline tailored to the specific considerations
4. Immersion Course: 1 week boat trip. A required course for students seeking to specialize in sustainable development.  Students begin to understand the importance of discussion and how their area of specialization relates to other disciplines.
5. Professor Outreach:  Individual Interaction Method. A transition method developed at DUT to help find links between faculty’s area of research and SD educational objective.  This method has had the greatest success because it uses respectful methods of communication and dialogue to foster change.
timeline
Planning began in the early 1990’s and has been in progress since it that time. The method used and tested at Delft have served as models for other international universities.
lessons
Legitimacy: lectures understand the importance and urgency of embedding ESD
Commitment in university management:  university support is important to the success of implementing ESD
Responsibility spread throughout organization: not an isolated group, but rather a dispersed network
Skilled Teachers: are their teachers experienced with ESD?
Effective Structure of Organization:   the university structure can adapt and aid in creating changes the curriculum.
links
http://tbm.tudelft.nl/index.php?id=30334&L=1 department
http://tbm.tudelft.nl/en/about-faculty/departments/values-and-technology/tdsd-section/publications/ publications
http://tbm.tudelft.nl/index.php?id=30342&L=1 Boatweek