Category: Cutler Cleveland
Professor Cleveland’s talk will focus on “Climate Change and the Transition to Sustainable Energy.”
The talk will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm today, Nov. 2nd, in CAS 226. The talk is free and open to the public.
To learn more about Professor Cleveland’s work, check out his profile page.
To learn more about the talk, see the attached flyer.
To learn more BURECS, visit their website.
Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland’s coauthored paper on “Order from Chaos: A Preliminary Protocol for Determining the EROI of Fuels” was recently awarded the First Prize, Best Paper Awards for 2015 by the journal Sustainability.
The inaugural Best Paper Awards “recognize the most outstanding papers in the area of environmental, cultural, economic, technical and social sustainability of human beings published in Sustainability.” The announcement can be accessed here.
Cleveland’s paper can be accessed here.
In the article, Prof. Cleveland gives his take on state and local environmental policies, economic concerns related to environmentally-friendly policies, and the most important things individuals can do to “reduce their impact on the environment” (“2015’s“).
To read the entire article, click here.
Earth & Environment undergraduate Patricia Zundritsch will be holding her thesis defense this coming Monday April 13th, 2015 at 10 am in room CAS 116.
Zundritsch’s thesis is titled “Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend and support Patricia.
Zundritsch’s thesis abstract is below.
“Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China”
This study analyzes how the Porter hypothesis applies to employment effects of solar energy policies. The Porter hypothesis argues that environmental regulations can generate economic benefits. Few of the 21 studies reviewed comprehensively consider the myriad of employment effects, which critically determine the magnitude of net employment effects, and whether these effects are positive or negative. Though the studies are hardly comparable due to the heterogeneity of assumptions and measuring metrics, the majority show positive net employment effects based on the high labor intensity of solar photovoltaics (PV). Model results and trade data support the Porter hypothesis as countries that established renewable energy policies gained a competitive advantage in the global market. The results also indicate that job impacts are time-dependent; delayed impacts of the budget effect, time at which policies are established, and changes in demand related to policy introduction and price reductions all constitute different time dimensions of employment effects. The influence of cyclical policy support on the comparative advantage of the US illustrates the importance of consistent policies. Germany’s policy created a mature PV market, but the plateauing comparative advantage and declining domestic market suggest that current employment in the PV market may be hard to sustain. China’s rapidly growing exports, but low domestic demand, also illustrate a one-sided dependence that is more vulnerable to negative employment effects. The employment effects of late adopting countries are uncertain as they may be unable to build a comparative advantage, but could benefit from PV reaching grid parity.
In the report, Cleveland and Reibstein outline their argument for why universities should divest in fossil fuels. To read the executive summary to the article click here. To read the full report, click here.
To learn more about Cutler Cleveland’s work, check out his profile page.
To learn more about Rick Reibstein, check out his profile page.
Department of Earth and Environment PhD candidate Karina Veliz will be defending her dissertation tomorrow, December 4th 2013, at 12:30 pm in CAS B18A.
The title of her dissertation is “The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Electricity Demand in the United States.”
Karina is pursing her PhD in Geography; her focus is on energy and environmental economics and policy. Her advisor is Cutler Cleveland.
Please come out and support Karina!
By Robert K. Kaufmann and Cutler J. Cleveland
We are pleased to announce the publication of the world’s first entirely web-based, authoritative, introductory textbook on environmental science:
Environmental Science takes advantage of the latest technologies to transcend the traditional textbook to create engaging, interactive content utilizing video, social networking, image galleries, and other features that only the Web can provide.
- 100% Web-based and accessible on any device
- Price = $50.00
- Thorough coverage of the key topics in environmental science; integration of ecology, economics, and policy using energy and material flows and a systems perspective
- Case Studies and Policy in Action that develop critical thinking included in each chapter
- 63 videos and animations, and a Glossary embedded in text to bring content alive
- Electronic highlighting tool
- 500 multiple choice question test bank upon adoption
- Social networking tools to engage students and instructor in online discussion
- Ability for instructors to quickly and easily customize by deleting/re-ordering chapters, and by adding content of their own (text, links, labs, lecture notes, video, assignments, images, PDFs, Powerpoints, etc.)
To see a sample chapter and request access to an examination copy, please visit http://www.trunity.com/environmental-science/.
Robert K. Kaufmann
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment
Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
Cutler J. Cleveland
Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Founding Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Earth