Sustainability and Non-Market Enterprise

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Resource Description

The primary goal of this course is to provide a toolset for characterizing and strategizing how non-market forces can shape current and future renewable energy markets. The course approaches the exploration and explanation of key concepts in renewable energy and sustainability non-market strategies through evidence-based examples. Main topics for the course include: a sociological approach to markets, renewable energy markets, non-market conditions, complex systems analysis, and renewable energy technology and business environments. Because renewable energy costs are higher than fossil fuel cost per unit of energy, the main arguments in support of renewable energy, thus far, are functionally non-market in character, i.e., environmental (e.g., climate change), political (e.g., energy independence), and/ or social (e.g., good stewardship).

This resource is part of the following programs: Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management and Policy (RESS), Master's Degree in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Systems, and RESS Sustainability Management Option.

Course Number

EME 805



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Erich Schienke

Erich W. Schienke, PhD. Lecturer, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Sustainability Management and Policy Option Leader in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (Online Masters and Graduate Certificates Program); and Ethics Co-Leader for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, The Pennsylvania State University. I received my Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in August 2006 and have been intellectually engaged with STS as a field since 1990.