Energy & the Environment
This course provides students with an understanding of energy, the environment, and the economy from a social science perspective and junior/senior level lesson plans/activities for economics, history, and government courses. The U.S. corn-ethanol industry will be used as a case study. The course includes a one-day field experience that include classroom activities, a tour of a corn farm, corn-ethanol refinery, and retail fuel stations.
- Define energy.
- List characteristics of transportation fuels.
- Definite and give examples of environmental externalists.
- Identify major US and state energy laws and regulations.
- Describe the importance and use of carbon accounting.
- Be able to calculate a products financial and environmental cost using carbon accounting.
- Describe the U.S. corn-ethanol supply chain.
Required Student Resources:
- Internet access
- No text is required, readings will be assigned from publicly available sources.