The Paris Agreement prioritizes finance, technology and capacity-building to rapidly deploy renewable and sustainable energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in answer to the challenge of climate change. As these technologies grow globally many aspects of the natural, human and built environment will need to be rethought. This talk examines the mysticism of decarbonization and the sustainable energy transition considering the hubris of people balanced with the planet and profits.
Massachusetts’ solar policy has made it a leading state for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems; developing a solar installation industry, pushing for the integration of solar into grid and utility planning and regulations, and, through its virtual net metering policy, pioneering a robust community solar market.
The NSF IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy Program began at UMass Amherst in the fall of 2011. Since then we have brought in 30 excellent PhD students, pursuing degrees in seven departments and three colleges across campus.
In 2015, the Massachusetts established the UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE) to support state policies and programs to transition to a clean energy economy. CEE broadens the university extension programs historically rooted in agriculture but more recently applied to nutrition, clean water, and now clean energy. The seminar will provide an overview of CEE’s mission and