03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Van Metre Hall (formerly Founders Hall) 313
Section Information for Spring 2024
Energy Equity in Low-Income & Underserved Communities Energy equity and environmental justice are fundamental to facilitating a successful net-zero transition. But how can practitioners use institutions and activism to – in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice? This pioneering course connects students with practitioners to learn how governments and stakeholders can push for more equitable energy policy and action. Students will hear from prominent industry experts through guest lectures and gain direct hands-on experience working with a Northern Virginia jurisdiction to provide lower cost, more reliable, and healthier energy choices. Students will examine utility pay structures and new financial tools for localities that can drive a more equitable renewable energy transition. Additionally, students will understand how community solar models, efficiency buyer cooperatives, and power-purchase agreements intersect with these tools to empower underserved communities. At the end of this course, students will not only gain an analytical understanding of energy inequities but also sharpen transferable professional skills in working with local communities to build a more equitable and sustainable society.
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