Instructor and Author - Erich W. Schienke, PhD. Lecturer, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Sustainability Management and Policy Option Leader in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (Online Masters and Graduate Certificates Program); and Ethics Co-Leader for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, The Pennsylvania State University.
Overview - The course approaches the exploration and explanation of key concepts in renewable energy and sustainability nonmarket strategies through evidence-based examples. Main topics for the course include: a) social structures of markets, b) nonmarket environments, c) renewable energy markets, d) complex systems analysis, and e) renewable energy technology and business environments.
Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 lessons. Each lesson will be completed in approximately 1 week.
Lesson 1: Markets
Lesson 2: Making Markets
Lesson 3: Renewable Energy Demands
Lesson 4: Renewable Energy Options
Lesson 5: Renewable Energy Project Evaluations
Lesson 6: Environment Impacts and Sustainable Energy Metrics
Lesson 7: Corporate Social Responsibility and Managerial Ethics
Lesson 8: Nonmarket Strategies
Lesson 9: Nonmarket Stakeholders
Lesson 10: Nonmarket Policy Evaluations
Lesson 11: Nonmarket Dimensions of Renewables
Lesson 12: Constructing a Nonmarket Policy for Renewables
Final Project: Building Your Renewable Energy Nonmarket Policy Brief