Washington Center

Green Governance

Day and Time: 
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Semester Dates: 
January 8 to April 16, 2014
Semester Elective

How do we create a more sustainable world?  What is the role of energy and environmental policy?  Will technical innovation lead to better solutions?  What is the role of the consumer?  Should business climate change planning be under government mandate or voluntary?  Will market-based solutions work?  What metrics should we use to determine the relative effectiveness of various policies?  These are the sorts of questions we will ask in this course.  We will look at climate change and other pollution control policies.  We will also look specifically at the metrics used to determine whether various forms of governance are effective, including life-cycle analysis, carbon footprint calculations, ranking procedures, etc.. Student groups will work collaboratively to complete a set of wiki-based labs that introduce students to these methods. Based on what they learn, students will write a research paper covering a current topic in the public debate about various forms of energy and environmental governance — including market-based, government and consumer-based and social movement centered options — to deal with our current sustainability challenges.

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