Course Details

941: Sustainable Energy

February 4-7, 2019
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Global temperature rise needs to be kept below 1.5 °C by the end of this century. This requires a massive shift from fossil fuels to non-carbon-emitting renewable energy, plus substantial gains in energy efficiency. We will examine the current status and future prospects of solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric and nuclear technologies. We will also explore means of reducing energy consumption in buildings and in transportation and attempt to rank the most effective means of reducing carbon emissions. No scientific background is required for this course.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: Less than 1 hour/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Al Cheh
Albert Cheh has a BA in Chemistry from Columbia and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined American University Chemistry in 1980 and Environmental Science in 2009, retiring as Professor Emeritus in both in Fall 2017. This course is adapted from one he continues to teach at American University to non-science majors.