Renewable Energy Transition Strategies

Course Participants

In this course, you will join other participants with interests in and connections to renewable energy planning in local governments including staff, elected officials, business leaders, researchers and civil society organizational leaders. While the cases are primarily drawn from the context of North American cities, international participants will gain insight into the building blocks for a successful transition that has relevance in other jurisdictions.

Tips for Success

This course is intended to provide you with a practical and timely introduction to how cities are making the transition to renewable energy including an important focus on energy efficiency. Each module provides a building block for the next. Each week you will be given a set of readings, video materials, and on-line discussion questions. Active learning assignments will help you to clarify your understanding of the material, raise questions and encourage you to use each other as resource in the course. In addition, you will have the guidance of a knowledgeable teaching team to ensure you have current information and new perspectives on the issues presented.

Instructor

We are pleased to have Andrea Reimer as our course moderator. She has the necessary breadth of experience and practical knowledge to moderate on-line discussions and field questions as they arise.

Outline of Course Modules

Week
Module
 
1
Context for Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction in Cities
 
2
Rationale for Transitioning to Renewable Energy
 
3
Frameworks for Collaborative Renewable Energy Transitions
 
4
Renewable Energy Literacy
 
5
Energy Efficiency in Buildings
 
6
Reducing Emissions through Sustainable Transportation
 
7
Project: City Case Studies
 
8
Innovations in Policy-Making and Implementation
 
9
Setting Targets for Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction
 
10
Stakeholder and Community Engagement
 
11
Integrating Knowledge and Opportunities for Moving Forward
 
12
Evaluation of Learning and Course Evaluation