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

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

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

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/