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Energy and Climate Change Curriculum

Partner: Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Start Date: January 2012

Duration: Until June 15, 2012

The Energy and Climate Change Curriculum (EC3) project is designed to investigate the needs, gaps and opportunities for energy and climate change curriculum development at Portland State University.  With Portland at the epicenter of the Northwest energy policy and innovation scene, PSU graduates now serve in a wide variety of roles in regional utility, advocacy, planning, and regulatory organizations.  With increasing retirements in the regional energy workforce, PSU is in a unique position to enhance its offerings of advanced education and training for the next generation of energy industry professionals and leaders. But this is only reasonable to imagine if the industry perceives a need and if PSU has the right combination of resources (programs and faculty) to address that need.

The project research will include short interviews with energy industry stakeholders; a careful review of PSU curricula and resources, and will investigate what other universities in the U.S. and elsewhere are doing in this space. Ideally this research and the presentation of findings will lead to discussions that will explore mutual interests and complementary resources, share plans and visions.   

The project is led by PSU Professors Loren Lutzenhiser and Jennifer Allen, with support from: Sheryl Bunn, Community Environmental Services (CES) Director; Mark Kenseth, CES Doctoral student; Carol Franco, Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) Research Assistant Professor.

To learn more Contact CES.