The ARPA Model for Breakthrough Clean Energy Research

Abstract:  Public funding for research and development in energy technology has often taken the form of hands-off grantmaking for either basic or applied research. The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) model for research funding agencies, on the other hand, features program staff with significant autonomy to make larger and riskier investments in research teams that span both basic and applied research.

Decarbonization, mysticism and the sustainable energy transition

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.

Clean Energy Extension Comes to UMass

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



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