GEOG/EME 432
Energy Policy

Welcome to GEOG/EME 432: Energy Policy

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Registered students should begin with the Orientation in Canvas.

Not registered?  Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Energy and Sustainability program is available at the ESP Program Office.

Quick Facts about GEOG/EME 432

  • Author & Instructor
    • Brandi Robinson
      Assistant Teaching Professor
      Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
      College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
      The Pennsylvania State University
  • Overview - This is a cross-listed course that provides students with an in-depth exploration of energy and climate policy development, implementation, and assessment at multiple governmental and corporate scales. The course utilizes contemporary real-world problems and actions to provide students context for the drivers, frameworks, and assumptions of energy and climate policy. Students will undertake a semester-long project to apply the concepts mastered in weekly lessons in a bigger picture setting..
    • GEOG 432 for undergraduate students in the Energy and Sustainability Policy online degree program
    • EME 432 for graduate students in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems online degree program.
  • Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu links to important supporting materials, while the Lessons 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. For the participation component in this course, we'll be using the Discussion Forums in Canvas.
Lesson Topics
Lesson Title
Lesson 1 Energy in Transition
Lesson 2 The Future is Local
Lesson 3 Project - Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs in the Centre Region
Lesson 4 The Climate Citizen
Lesson 5 Climate Policy is the New Energy Policy
Lesson 6 Policy Drivers
Lesson 7 Considerations for Effective Climate Policy
Lesson 8 Implementation and Monitoring
Lesson 9 Policy Analysis
Lesson 10 International Cooperation on Climate
Lesson 11 Federal Action for a Sustainable Energy Future
Lesson 12 Climate and COVID-19
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Only students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Online Energy and Sustainability program is available at the ESP Program Office.