Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. Solutions to these problems invariably require a large-scale conversion of our energy infrastructure. In this course, Professor Mark Jacobson provides proven methods and techniques to develop and evaluate strategies for changing the infrastructure at the local, regional, and global levels to provide a healthy and sustainable future. Jacobson is a longtime leader in climate science and the renewable energy transition. Much of the science behind the proposed U.S. legislation called "The Green New Deal" is anchored in Jacobson’s scholarship.
You Will Learn
- Alternative energy solutions and how to rank them in terms of multiple factors, including carbon-equivalent emissions, air pollution health impacts, land requirements, water requirements, reliability, and others
- Wind as a case study for determining the world resource availability and viability of a sustainable energy source
- The technical feasibility of powering the world and individual regions by considering the account costs, transmission needs, jobs, materials, and tradeoffs of the solutions you are evaluating
More about the topics covered in this course are presented in chapter 13 of “Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions," by Mark Z. Jacobson (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012)
This course is approximately 3 hours of video content with 1 hour of coursework.
- Mark Z. Jacobson Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Please contact the Program Manager at