Energy, Environment, and Society OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Energy Management by MIT

Published Mar 05, 2009

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MIT's free, online OpenCourseWare 'Energy, Environment and Society' encourages students to think about ways that their communities can be improved through sustainable energy initiatives. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students studying Engineering, Sustainable Energy and related fields.

Energy, Environment and Society: Course Specifics

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Energy, Environment and Society: Course Description

It is increasingly important that we understand the way that energy, and the need for it, directly affect our environment. 'Energy, Environment and Society' offers an introduction to important topics, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. The focus of this undergraduate-level class is a project that deals with a variety of possible local issues, including wind power, green building technology and vehicle efficiency. Students are encouraged to create a project proposal, develop technical reports and present their project publicly. While the bulk of the course materials consist of these projects, there are valuable OpenCourseWare resources available online. An excellent personal energy calculator, complete with detailed instructions, allows students the opportunity to estimate their CO2 emission by entering certain personal consumption statistics. Also included is a helpful presentation on public speaking techniques. This undergraduate-level course is offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Chemistry. Professors Jeffrey Steinfeld and Jefferson Tester lead the course.

In addition to the resources mentioned above, this course includes downloadable course handouts, including an explanation of thermodynamics. Also included is a list of suggested readings. If you're interested in this free course, visit the environmental energy course page.

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