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Energy and Climate Change

Lone spruce on an Alaskan landscape. Courtesy of Lauren Oakes.

Securing cleaner, more reliable energy sources and reducing greenhouse gases to mitigate climate change are top national priorities, yet many questions still need to be answered before the "clean energy economy" succeeds. E-IPER students conduct research, develop new business models, and recommend changes at the national and international level as well as behavior changes at the individual level to make their contributions to a clean and secure energy future.

What role, if any, can local climate policies play in curbing global greenhouse gas emissions? — Adam Millard-Ball

How can international climate mitigation policies be designed and
implemented to protect those already living in poverty, rather than causing them to sink deeper into poverty? — Narasimha Rao

How can the behavioral sciences contribute to greenhouse gas reductions in the near and long term on individual and collective levels? — Marilyn Cornelius

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Related Projects and Events

  • Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)
    Managed by FSI, PESD is an international, interdisciplinary program that draws on the fields of economics, political science, law, and management to investigate how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality.
  • Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC)
    PEEC promotes energy efficient technologies, systems, and practices; and emphasizes economically attractive deployment. PEEC works to understand and overcome market, policy, technology, and human behavioral barriers to economically efficient reductions of energy use and to inform public and private policymaking.
  • Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP)
    GCEP seeks new solutions to one of the grand challenges of this century: supplying energy to meet the changing needs of a growing world population in a way that protects the environment. Its mission is to conduct fundamental research on technologies that will permit the development of global energy systems with significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The Energy Seminar
    The weekly Energy Seminar, chaired by Professor Sally Benson and managed by the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, informs the Stanford community about a wide range of energy and climate change issues and perspectives.