Climate and Energy Finance Winter 2024

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How do we finance the energy transition? How do we use money to mitigate the worst effects of global warming? How can a career in finance fight climate change? This course introduces students to key topics, market players, and tools in climate and energy finance and surveys how to mobilize capital to finance clean energy (largely in a U.S. energy market context) and other climate-forward outcomes. Students will learn fundamental financial and investment concepts, including the basics of the capital structure, three-statement models, and project finance. Students will explore sectors for decarbonization beyond energy, including food systems, buildings, and transportation. All modules will emphasize equity and social justice challenges and successes. Some modules may even be fun. Throughout, students will learn about market participants in each area and hear from guest speakers so that they may complete the course with a better understanding of careers at the intersection of climate change and finance.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1143
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s)
Prerequisites: N/A
Enrollment Preferences: Students will be selected based on a one-paragraph statement of interest. Preference will be given to students interested in exploring careers in energy and/or finance and/or climate justice. All levels of experience welcome, especially beginners.
Unit Notes: Kaitlin Butler '11 works on NY Green Bank's Investment and Portfolio Management team, where she supports the origination, evaluation, and execution of clean energy project investments across New York State. She holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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