Fall 2016 - Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of the 21st century. This course explores the technical options for engineering a large-scale response to climate change, emphasizing critical questions in three key areas. First, we investigate the scale of response required to substantially mitigate the threat of climate change by conducting an overview of climate-change science, emphasizing the sources, sinks, and atmospheric dynamics of greenhouse gases. Second, we explore the technical basis of a large-scale decarbonization of energy supply and end-use. Third, we examine non-energy approaches to climate change mitigation, including recovery, sequestration, and disposal of greenhouse gases; and management of planetary-scale energy flows through geo-engineering. Cross-cutting themes include the societal and economic context for implementing engineered responses, and skills for developing intuition at multiple scales of analysis. Graduate standing required. Previously offered: Fall 2015.
Spring 2016 - Design and analysis of sustainable buildings, envelopes and facades, and energy and resource use in energy efficient and healthy buildings. Applies building science principles used to avoid moisture problems, improve indoor air quality, minimize sick-building syndrome symptoms, and reduce energy use. Primarily for undergraduates. Primarily for undergraduate students. Prerequisites: ARE346N (Building Environmental Systems). Previously offered: Spring 2015.