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Energy is the underpinning of all human civilization and the key to understanding the drivers of and solutions to climate change. These classes will help you develop core skills and gain essential knowledge about the energy system. They also give you a chance to experience the Terra.do program in a small way.

Remember that the full program is 100% interactive with classmates, live instructors, guest speakers, and much more.

PS: The classes are not mobile-friendly yet. In any case, they're more fun on a bigger screen!

Energy and climate 1: context and concepts

In this class, we'll cover questions like: What are key global trends driving energy use, and what are the climate impacts? What is energy? What is power? How do you solve simple, quantitative problems related to energy, power and climate change? How does the electricity system work and how is it organized?

Finally, what are clean energy solutions, and what is the central challenge of trying to run an energy system chiefly on variable resources like wind and solar power? 

Energy and climate 2: energy economics, the smart grid, and pathways to deep decarbonization

In this class we will cover questions like: What is the levelized cost of energy? How do government subsidies in energy work? What are the employment and justice issues surrounding a transition to clean energy systems? What is the smart grid and what are the solutions to managing a grid with high levels of variable renewable resources?

And finally, what is “electrify everything,” how does it help solve climate change, and what are issues and challenges involved?

Clean energy case studies: Transitioning to clean electricity systems in Hawaii and India

In this bonus session, you will hear from two clean energy experts involved in researching and planning deep decarbonization pathways for energy.

Our Hawaii case study takes you through the real-time challenges and solutions to transitioning to a 100% clean electricity system. You will learn how high-tech, optimization modeling solutions help solve smart grid management issues. Our next case study discusses economically-viable opportunities, strategies and policies for energy system decarbonization in India.

Meet your instructors

Dr. Kamal Kapadia has 22 years of work, research and teaching experience in the fields of climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. She began her career as Business Development Manager for SELCO in the late 1990s, building rural, off-grid markets for solar photovoltaic systems in India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Since then she has consulted for the World Bank on renewables-based electrification, worked on post-disaster rural livelihoods recovery with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, evaluated energy efficiency proposals for the California Public Utilities Commission, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a research fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford from 2008 to 2012, and taught extensively on the Oxford Master’s program in Environmental Change and Management. More recently, she worked on 100% clean energy advocacy at Blue Planet Foundation in Hawaii. Kamal holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Matthias Fripp is associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (U.S.). He specializes in modeling the technical and economic performance of power systems with large shares of renewable energy. Matthias holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the NextEra Energy Resources Research Fellow in Renewable Energy at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford in 2008-12.

Matthias has been involved in Hawaii's 100% clean electricity regulatory and planning process, helping to guide the transition.
Dr. Amol Phadke is a Scientist, Lead of the India Research Program, and Deputy of the International Energy Analysis Department, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research and technical support activities broadly focus on energy technology, economics, markets, and regulation. Currently, his work is focused on heavy-duty electric vehicles, energy in the India power sector, and appliance and equipment efficiency in several emerging economies.

Amol regularly advises the national government, utilities, and regulators in India on energy policies and programs. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Pricing and expected commitment
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12 weeks long. About 15 hours of time commitment every week
Each class has just 20-25 Fellows with extensive skills, background & passion
Instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email
100% online, with 7+ expert live talks. All available for later viewing
Climate Change: Learning for Action
Interactive program with an instructor walking you through the paces
12 Weeks
$1499
Application Stages
Frequently Asked Questions
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Who would benefit most from this program?
Anyone who wants a grand overview of the entire climate landscape. Anyone who wants to shift their time & energy into doing climate work. High-school level familiarity with math and science a plus, but not essential.
What if I don't like the program?
If you're less than 3 weeks into the program, we'll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.
Will the classes fit my schedule?
Yes. Most of the classes are asynchronous so you can decide when to go through them during the week. Our expectation is that everyone will be back in sync when a new week starts. The main live elements are the expert talks which will also be recorded for later viewing.
I can't afford the program cost. Can I get help?
We want all qualified learners to apply, regardless of financial status. Let us know about your financial need when you apply and we'll do our best.
Are you going to be running more cohorts?
Yes. Our plan is to run a new cohort every 3 months. If you're interested in a future cohort, please mention it in your application.

Next cohort starts

June 2021
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* If you work at a non-profit, let us know when you apply

Frequently asked questions
Who would benefit most from this program?
Anyone who wants a grand overview of the entire climate landscape. Anyone who wants to shift their time & energy into doing climate work.
What if I don't like the program?
If you're less than 3 weeks into the program, we'll refund you 100%. Our only request would be to give us feedback so we can improve the program.
Will the classes fit my schedule?
Yes. Most of the classes are asynchronous so you can decide when to go through them during the week. Our expectation is that everyone will be back in sync when a new week starts. The main live elements are the expert talks which will also be recorded for later viewing.
Is there a credential at the end of the program?
Yes. We'll give you something to prove that you completed this program. However, we're hoping you're doing this program for the intrinsic love of solving climate change.
I can't afford the program cost. Can I get help?
We want all qualified learners to apply, regardless of financial status. Let us know about your financial need when you apply and we'll do our best.
Are you going to be running more cohorts?
Yes. We currently expect to run more cohorts in Oct & Dec 2020.
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