GEOS 206 Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Campus

Last offered Spring 2013

Cross Listed as ENVI206
Rising oil and electricity costs disrupt the economy and help fuel global insecurity. Clearer understanding of how fossil-fuel consumption contributes to global climate change is increasing demand for renewable sources of energy and for more sustainable campus environments. What sources of energy will supply Williams College and nearby areas in the twenty-first century? How will campus buildings, old and new, continue to be attractive spaces while making far more efficient use of heat and light? How can the College help support local farms? This course is a practical introduction to renewable sources of energy, including conservation, principles of sustainability, and to their application to the campus environment. Topics covered include: biological sources of energy (biomass, biogas, liquid fuels), wind energy, geothermal and solar energy, energy efficiency and the environmental impacts of using renewable energy. Lectures, field trips and individual projects emphasize examples from the campus and nearby area.
Class Format: seminar, three hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on an hour exam, class participation that includes a seminar presentation, and a research project that investigates some aspect of campus energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions
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Enrollment Preference: sophomores
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives, ENVI Natural World Electives,ENVS Group EG-C Electives,EXPE Experiential Education Courses,GEOS Environmental Geosciences Courses,GEOS Earth Surface Processes + Life Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3174
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GEOS206 LEC Rnewble Enrgy & Sustnbl Campus Division 3: Science and Mathematics David P. Dethier
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