GEOS 206
Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Campus Fall 2017
Division III
Cross-listed GEOS 206 / ENVI 206
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Fluctuating oil prices and rising electricity costs disrupt the economy and help fuel regional and global insecurity. Extraction and combustion of fossil fuels degrades the environment. Modern understanding of how fossil-fuel consumption contributes to global climate change and new technologies are increasing the 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 mid-21st century? How will campus buildings, old and new, continue to be attractive spaces while making much more efficient use of heat and light? How can the College’s operations and campus life become more sustainable? This course is a practical introduction to renewable sources of energy and principles of sustainability and to their application in the campus environment. Topics covered include: solar energy and energy efficiency, wind energy, biological sources of energy (biomass, biogas, liquid fuels), geothermal energy, and the environmental impacts of energy, water and food consumption. Lectures, field trips and individual projects emphasize examples from the campus and nearby area.
The Class: Format: seminar, three hours per week
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1480
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on problem sets, 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
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division III
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GEOS 206 Division III ENVI 206 Division III
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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