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ENGR 620 Renewable Energy in the Community and Home

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Introduction to small-scale, bottom-up strategies of renewable energy use in the home and local community.

About the Course

Welcome to ENGR 620: Renewable Energy in the Community and Home. This online course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to put into practice much of what you have learned or will learn in the graduate renewable energy certificate. This course will explore the economic, technical, and political feasibility of implementing renewable energy, sustainability, and energy conservation initiatives in the home and local community.

Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

Students will gain

  • hands-on experience in developing individual and community-based energy models;
  • an interdisciplinary understanding of alternative energy with respect to the technical, economic, and political feasibility of implementing small-scale alternative energy initiatives;
  • an awareness of different tools and methods available for local and home-based renewable energy projects

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to

  • develop individual and community-based energy models;
  • apply their understanding of alternative energy to determine the technical, economic, and political feasibility of implementing small-scale alternative energy initiatives;
  • differentiate between the different tools and methods available for local and home-based renewable energy projects and will be able to select the best tools and methods for a project

About the Instructors

Michael Moltz

Michael Moltz is an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy within the College of Engineering. Michael received his M.ED. and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was one of the first graduates of the university's undergraduate renewable energy program and is a NSF research award recipient for research into climate change and alternative energy policy. Michael has served as an instructor for courses in political science and secondary education at the University of Nevada, Reno. His research interests concern STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, alternative energy policy, and interdisciplinary education. His full-time career is serving as a Consultant with Capgemini Government Solutions based out of Washington, D.C.

Christopher Simon

Christopher A. Simon is a professor political science and director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah. He is the author of State and Local Government: Sustainability for the 21st Century (2011); Alternative Energy: Political, Economic, and Social Feasibility (2007); Public Policy: Preferences and Outcomes (2010, 2007); and To Run a School: Administrative Organization and Learning (2005 Mandarin edition; 2001). He has published peer reviewed articles in Administration & Society, Armed Forces & Society, American Review of Public Administration, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, Educational Research Quarterly, Land Use Policy Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration Review, and Social Science Quarterly. His research areas are in public policy and administration. He serves a member of the National Council, Pi Alpha Alpha honor society.

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