Spring 2023  |  PA 5715 Section 002: Deliberating Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy -- Tribal Energy Transitions (68037)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
6 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
03/14/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue 02:30PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 205
Enrollment Status:
Open (27 of 30 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Exploration of the conceptual and ethical dimensions of science, technology, and environmental policy. Discussion-based course with rotating topics.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Tribal communities in the United States are increasingly transitioning their energy systems from fossil fuels to clean energy. For tribal communities, clean energy creates opportunities to simultaneously advance local development, climate change mitigation, and tribal sovereignty. In this course, we will engage with tribal leaders across the continent that are leading local energy transitions in their communities. Spurred by recent laws targeting energy and climate funding to tribal nations (the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) and recent establishment of tribal energy development organizations, this class will explore the diversity of pathways to tribal energy transitions. The class will be led by Bob Blake, a tribal citizen of Red Lake Nation and founder of Solar Bear and Native Sun Community Power Development, and Gabe Chan in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy area of the Humphrey School.

At the end of the semester, students will have the option to participate in a week-long field experience addition to the course from May 15-19. During the field experience, students will travel to tribal nations in Wisconsin and Minnesota leading community-driven energy transition initiatives.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
7 November 2022

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