Summer 2024 - REM 350 D100

Energy Management for a Sustainable Climate and Society (4)

Class Number: 1932

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 14, 2024
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



An interdisciplinary approach to transforming energy systems in pursuit of sustainable climate and society. Perspectives include thermodynamics, resource potentials, technological potentials, economic evaluation, implementation of transformative public policies, political-economy assessment of policy constraints, national and sub-national governance options, behavioural change potentials, global diplomacy, and pursuit of greater equity within and between countries. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This is a breadth course for anyone who wants to better understand our options for addressing the climate threat. It is designed by SFU Distinguished Professor Mark Jaccard, who has been advising governments, environmental advocates, international organizations, communities, and concerned citizens for over three decades on technology and policy solutions for a zero-emission future.

REM 350 focuses on helping students attain a basic understanding in several complementary disciplines. Students explore simple thermodynamic laws to understand energy efficiency and the quality of different energy forms. They learn about the global distribution of energy and mineral resources, as one might in a physical geography course. They gain a functional understanding of key technology and infrastructure options, such as fuel cells, electric vehicles, energy storage, system controls, building design, heat pumps, active transportation, and sustainable urban form. Students learn enough economics to assess investment options such as wind power and energy efficiency, and to understand global energy supply and demand dynamics that affect efforts to phase-out fossil fuels. The course also applies knowledge from multiple social sciences, including sociology, psychology, political science, public policy, communications, and diplomacy to empower students as knowledge mobilizers. In REM 350, students from virtually any field of study learn to assess strategies for overcoming critical flaws in our economic system, institutions, politics and ways of thinking. This is a course for anyone who wants to effectively help address humanity’s great existential challenge


The course provides students from diverse backgrounds with an understanding of:

  • how humans are disrupting the planet’s energy and material stocks and flows, especially carbon;
  • technology, behaviour, infrastructure, built environment and land-use options for reducing this disruption;
  • environment, economy and society implications of pursuing these options;
  • policy, institutions, and government designs at local, national, and global levels;
  • mechanisms of empowering individuals to effectively influence these societal efforts.


  • Tutorial Participation (100% attendance and engagement) 15%
  • First Mid-term Exam 25%
  • Second Mid-term Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 35%



All readings, including a pdf copy of the book, are available free on the CANVAS course website.

The Citizen’s Guide To Climate Success: Overcoming Myths That Hinder Progress, is the central reading in REM 350. It is free online at Cambridge Univ Press.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.