Energy, Carbon and the Environment

Monica Mazurek (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

The seminar develops critical thinking and decision-making strategies for carbon-based energy sourcing. We will focus on standards of critical thinking and apply this to finding and evaluating information sources about energy consumption in the U.S. We will explore current and emerging alternative energy sources for transportation and electrical power. Students will assess their carbon consumption in their daily lives. We will look at case studies of carbon fuels and how alternative energy choices could be selected and applied as sustainable energy technologies that reduce global atmospheric carbon emissions. The larger aim is to enable students to develop critical thinking skills as current and future energy consumers.