EM SC 470
Applied Sustainability in Contemporary Culture



The purpose of this lesson is for you to review key concepts from Lesson 4 (Energy In-Depth) in EM SC 240N. I strongly encourage you to at least browse through Lesson 4 of EM SC 240N, though that is not required.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • analyze global and regional carbon emissions trends;
  • describe the sustainability benefits and drawbacks of various energy sources, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, and hydroelectricity;
  • explain the economic considerations of various energy sources using levelized cost of energy;
  • identify reasonable estimates of remaining supplies of a variety of energy sources; and
  • apply the precautionary principle to energy use.

Lesson Roadmap

Lesson Roadmap
To Read Lesson 4 Online Content You're here!
To Do
  • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • Lesson 4 Journal Entry
  • Canvas Modules > Lesson 4
  • Canvas Modules > Lesson 4


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