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University at Albany – State University of New York

College of Arts and Sciences

Course and Program Action Form


Proposal No.

11-070D




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Course Proposal




Program Proposal







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New Course

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Description

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Cross-Listing w/USP 460




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Department:

Geography and Planning

Effective Semester, Year:

Fall 2012




Course Number

Current:




New:

GOG 460

Credits:

3

Course Title:

People, Place and Power

Course Description to appear in Bulletin:

Course overview and objectives: Course Description:

This course will examine the relationships between current energy supplies and alternatives that are renewable and more environmentally sustainable. It begins with defining energy then turns to an analysis of the economic, social, political, and technological factors that determine the potential a carbon free energy future.


Course objectives include: At the end of this course, students will be able to 1) identify how normative bias influences planning and policy choices; 2) describe major conflicts in energy planning and policy; and 3) understand the differences between


Prerequisites statement to be appended to description in Bulletin:




If S/U is to be designated as the only grading system in the course, check here:







This course is (will be) cross listed with (i.e., CAS ###):

USP 460

This course is (will be) a shared-resources course with (i.e., CAS ###):







Explanation of proposal:

As part of formalizing the Urban Studies and Planning undergraduate major, this class will be part o the requirement for the upper division component of the degree. It will expand the opportunities for students interest in environmental and sustainability issues.

Other departments or schools which offer similar or related courses and which have certified that this proposal does not overlap their offering:







Chair of Proposing Department

Date

Christopher J. Smith

9.9.11

Approved by Chair(s) of Departments having cross-listed course(s) [Copy of e-mail approval on following page.]

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Dean of College

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Christopher J. Smith




Gregory Stevens

11/22/11

Chair of Academic Programs Committee

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Dean of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies

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Pinka Chatterji

11/10/11









Syllabus
People, Place, and Power Instructor: David A. Lewis

Course number USP 460/ GOG 460 Phone (518) 442-4595

M &W 2:45-4:05 Fax (518) 442-4742

Fall 2011 Email: dalewis@albany.edu

AS Room 121 Office hours: M & W 9:00-11:00

Or by appointment




Grading Policy: No late work will be accepted and class attendance is mandatory.

All violations of the academic integrity policy at the minimum will result in a failure for the assignment.
Newspaper article reviews 20%

Class participation 10%

Quizzes 25%

Final exam 25%

Advocacy Letter 20%

There are required reading for each class. In addition, each week you will review a recent major newspaper article that addresses an environmental planning issue. This journal will be reviewed in the middle of the term and during the last week of the term. In addition, there will be 10 unannounced quizzes throughout the semester based on the readings for the class.


Course Description: This course will examine the relationships between current energy supplies and alternatives that are renewable and more environmentally sustainable. It begin with defining energy then turns to an analysis of the economic, social, political, and technological factors that determine the potential a carbon free energy future.
Course objectives include: At the end of this course, students will be able to 1) identify how normative bias influences planning and policy choices; 2) describe major conflicts in energy planning and policy; and 3) understand the differences between physical/technological barriers versus economic/political impediments to sustainable energy planning/policy options.

Required Texts: (available at Mary Jane’s Books)

Gilding, Paul. 2011. The Great Disruption: Why Climate Change Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World. New York: Bloomsbury Press.

Other readings will be handed out in class or available online at the University at Albany’s Library E-Reserve website. The case sensitive password is pln485.



Schedule:
August 39: Introduction
August 31: What changes peoples environmental actions?

Ridley, Matt and Low, Bobbi. 1996. Can Selfishness Save the Environment? in Readings in Planning Theory edited by Campbell and Fainstein. New York: Blackwell.


SEPTEMBER 5: NO CLASS
September 7: Energy Policy in the US

Readings:

GAO. 2005. U.S. National Energy Policy: Inventory of Major Federal Energy Programs and Status of Policy Recommendations. Washington, DC. U.S. Government Accountability Office. Pages 1-63.
Laird, Frank. 2009. A Full-Court Press for Renewable Energy. Issues in Science and Technology. 25(2): 53-56.
Jennings, Philip. 2009. New Direction in Renewable Energy Education. Renewable Energy: An International Journal. 34(2): 435-439.
September 12: Current Energy Consumption and Fuel Sources

List of Elected Official and Contact Information Due
DOE. 2009. Annual Energy Review, 2009. Washington, DC. U.S. Department of Energy. Review tables in sections 1, 2, 4, and 10.
Sovacool, Benjamin. 2007. Coal and Nuclear: Creating a False Dichotomy for American Energy Policy. Policy Sciences. 40(2): 101-122.

September 14: Available Renewable Energy Resources

National Academy of Science. 2010. Electricity from Renewable Resources: Status, Prospects, and Impediments. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Pages 1-63.


September 19: Impacts of Current Energy Supplies and Consumption

Dincer, Ibrahim . 2001. Environmental Issues: I-Energy Utilization. Energy Sources. 23(1)


Dincer, Ibrahim. 1998. Energy and Environmental Impacts: Present and Future Perspectives. Energy Sources. 20: 427-453,
September 21: Energy, the Environment and the Economy

Elected Official Review Due
Readings

Bezdak, Roger. 1995. The Net Impact of Environmental Protection on Jobs and the Economy. In Environmental Justice: Issues, Policies and Solutions. Edited by Bryant, B. Washington, DC: Island Press.

More readings next page

Meyer, Stephen. 1995. The Economic Impact of Environmental Regulation. Journal of Environmental Law and Practice. 3(2): 4-16.


September 26: Policy not Politics
Readings:

Norberg-Bohm, Vicki. 2000. Creating Incentives for Environmentally Enhancing Technological Change: Lesson from 30 Years of U.S. Energy Policy. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 65: 125-148.


Jacobsson, Staffan and Johnson, Anna. 2000. The Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technology: An Analytical Framework and Key Issues for Research. Energy Policy. 28: 625-640.
September 28: NO CLASS
October 3: Wind Power

Topic of the Advocacy Letter Due
Readings:

Bolinger, Mark. 2004. Making European-style community wind power development work in the US. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 9(6): 556-575.

Wickersham, Jay. 2004. Sacred Landscapes ad Profane Structures: How the Offshore Wind Power Challenges the Environmental Impact Review process. Environmental Affairs. 31(325): 325-347.


October 5: Wind Power
Readings:

Lewis, Joanna and Wiser, Ryan. 2007. Fostering a Renewable Energy Technology industry: An International Comparison of Wind Industry Policy Support Mechanisms. Energy Policy. 35: 1844-1857.


Leithead, W.E. 2007. Wind Energy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 365: 957-970.
October 10: Wind Power

Journal Dues for Review: Six weekly entries should be completed.
Readings:

Peel, Deborah and Lloyd, Gregory. 2007. Positive Planning for Wind-Turbines in an Urban Context. Local Environment. 12(4): 343-354.


Katherine Richardson, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Jørgen Elmeskov, Cathrine Hagem, Jørgen Henningsen, John Korstgård, Niels Buus Kristensen, Poul Erik Morthorst, Jørgen E. Olesen, Mette Wier, Marianne Nielsen, Kenneth Karlsson. 2011. Denmark’s Road for Fossile Fuel Independence. Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future. 2(4): http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/954

October 12: ACSP NO CLASS
October 17: Hydrofracturing

Film: Gasland

Readings:

To be announced

October 19: Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS)
Readings:

NYSDEC. 2011. Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program. Albany, NY: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. (July 2011). Pages to be announced.


October 24: Renewable Options in NYS
Readings:

Van Haaren, Rob and Fthenakism Vasikis. 2011. GIS Based Wind Farm Site Selection using multi-criteria analysis (SMCA): Evaluating the case of New York. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review. 15: 3332-3340.


Hevesi, Alan. 2005. Energizing the Future. The Benefits of Renewable Energy for New York State. Albany, NK: New York State Comptroller’s Office.
October 26: Conservation
Readings:

National Academy of Science. American’s Energy Future: Technology and Transformation; Summary Edition. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Pages 9 through 49 and pages 82 through 94.


ASSINGMENT:

What is the most effective per dollar way to improve energy efficiency in a residential household?

What is your carbon footprint?

October 31: Local Level Actions

Draft of Advocacy Letter Due

Readings:

Parker, Paul and Rowlands, Ian. 2007. City Planners Maintain Climate Change Despite National Cuts: Residential Energy Efficiency Programme Valued at Local Level. Local Environment. 12(5): 505-517.


Condon, Patrick; Cavens, Duncan; and Miller, Nicole. 2009. Urban Planning Tools for Climate Change Mitigation. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

November 2: Why Equality Matters
Readings

Moyers, Bill. 2003. The Progressive Story of America. Washington, DC.


MacEwan, Arthur and Miller, John.  2011.  Economic Collapse, Economic Change: Getting to the Roots of the Crisis.  London: M.E. Sharpe.  Pages 33-52.
Also, review www.Equalitytrust.org

Look at the graphs regarding the effect of inequality on social outcomes



November 7: But There is No Money

Readings:

Ludder, Sunshine and Parrott, James. 2010. New York has the Ways and Means: How and Why Wall Street Should Give Back to Main Street. New York: Fiscal Policy Institute.


Greenhouse, Steven. 2011. The Wageless, Profitable Recovery. New York Times. August 3, 2011. Accessed on 8/3/11 at http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/the-wageless-profitable-recovery/
Krugman, Paul. 2011. Corporate Cash Con. New York Times, online July 3, 2011. at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/opinion/04krugman.html
November 9: Taxes, Investment, and Other Factors
Readings:

Simon, Christopher. 2009. Cultural Constraints on Wind and Solar Energy in the U.S. Context. Comparative Technology Transfer and Society. 7(3): 251-269.


Delbeke, J.; Klaassen, G.; van Ireland, T.; Zapfel, P. 2010. The Role of Environmental Economics in Recent Policy Making at the European Commission. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. 4(1): 24-43.

ASSINGMENT:

Who developed and built the internet?

Who financed the development of computers?

Who developed GPS?

Where does Google Earth get most of its geographical shape files from?
November 14: Global Supplies and Other Issues

Film: Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Readings:

Chow, Jeffrey; Kopp, Raymond; and Portney, Paul. 2003. Energy Resources and Global Development. Science. 302(5650): 1528-1531.


Ferguson, Andrew. 2001. Population and the Demise of Cheap Energy. Politics and the Life Sciences. 20(2): 217-226.
November 16: What Lies Ahead, I
Readings:

Gilding, Paul. 2011. The Great Disruption: Why Climate Change Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World. New York: Bloomsbury Press. Chapters 2 & 3.



November 21: What Lies Ahead, II

Final Draft of Advocacy Letter Due
Readings:

Gilding, Paul. 2011. The Great Disruption: Why Climate Change Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World. New York: Bloomsbury Press. Chapters 4&5.



NOVEMBER 23: NO CLASS

November 28: What Lies Ahead, III
Readings:

Gilding, Paul. 2011. The Great Disruption: Why Climate Change Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World. New York: Bloomsbury Press. Chapters 11 &12.



November 30: Alternatives
Readings:

Ivner,, Jenny. 2009. Energy Planning with Decision-Making Tools: Experience from an Energy-Planning Project. Local Environment. 14(9): 833-850.


Owen, Steve and Boyer, Jeff. 2006. Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Industry in the Appalachian Mountains, United State. Mountain Research and Development. 20(2): 115-118.
Heiman, Michael and Solomon, Barry. 2004. Power to the People: Electric Utility Restructuring and the Commitment to Renewable Energy. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 94(1); 94-116.

December 5: Alternatives:

ALL 12 JOURNALS ENTRIES are DUE
Readings:

Loiter, Jeffrey and Norberg-Bohm, Vicki. 1999. Technology policy and Renewable Energy: Public Roles in the Development of Renewable Energy. Energy Policy. 27: 85-97.


Sigfusson, Thorsteinn. 2007. Pathways to Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 365: 1025-1042.
Amor, Mourad Ben; Lesagem Pascal; Pineau, Pierre-Oliver; and Samson, Rejean. 2010. Can distributed generation offer substantial benefits in a Northeastern American context? A case study of small-scale renewable technologies using a life cycle methodology. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 14(9): 2885-2895.
December 7: Alternatives

Readings:

Gilbert, Lewis. 2010, Sustainability is More Than Green: A Framework for University Leadership. Solutions Journal. 1(6): 54-55.



Yung-Chi, Shen; Chou, Chiyang James; and Lin, Grace T.R. 2011. The Portfolio of Renewable Energy Sources for Achieving the Three E Policy Goals. Energy. 36(5): 2589-2598.

Final Exam: Monday Dec 12 3:30pm-5:30pm

1 U.S. News and World Report (2009 and 2010) http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-urban-planner. Accessed April 1, 2010.

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