Spring 2021  |  PA 5751 Section 001: Addressing Climate and Energy Challenges at the Local Scale (65974)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Partially Online
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-102
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 04:00PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Examine energy and climate innovations at local and community scales. Understand how to implement local policies, projects, and programs with a diverse set of perspectives on energy issues. Develop professional and analytical skills that support solutions to energy and climate challenges.
Class Notes:
Class will be offered as a BLENDED class. It will meet in person on 2/25, 3/18, 4/1, and 4/29. Other sessions will be Remote. Instructor will be new faculty member Elise Harrington. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?eliseh+PA5751+Spring2021
Class Description:

Why is action by local organizations, governments, and communities critical for energy innovation in the face of climate change? What policies, programs, and technical solutions are being explored at sub-national levels and how are they implemented? This course examines energy and climate innovations at community and local scales to prepare you (students) for professional work on climate change and energy issues at local and community levels - key areas of activity for careers in sustainability, environmental policy, climate change, and resilience.

Students in this course will apply concepts, theories, and analytical skills to case studies and client-focused projects. As communities face the varying challenges of climate change, this course examines both mitigation and adaptation responses to climate change and asks students to think both critically and practically about how to innovate and respond to these local risks. There are many dimensions to climate change, but this course focuses primarily on energy, including renewable energy integration, responses in the electricity sector to changing climate conditions (e.g. wildfires), and infrastructure change. Each week we will explore issues of local and community energy and climate action and engage (when possible) with those responsible for planning and implementing case study projects. Course content will draw from policy instruments and programs (e.g. community choice aggregation, community solar, solarize), local and regional initiatives (e.g. green training programs, resilience hubs), local governments programs or policies (e.g. utility-municipal partnerships, benchmarking, and efficiency standards), and skills for working across diverse perspectives and positions on energy issues.

Assignments will include a client-based project focused on climate planning and local energy policy, developing a role play scenario, personal reflections, and response papers.

Class Format:
Note: In person days are tentative depending on COVID but included as days for role play scenario activities and a final class discussion
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
11 November 2020

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