Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Energy is a cornerstone issue for humanity, nations, and individuals. How we create and use energy impacts the consequences it embodies. The critical issue facing humanity involves meeting our massive and growing energy needs, without undermining human and natural capital. Facing the challenge of long-term, sustainable energy for the nation and world requires understanding the consequences of energy generation and using this to inform policy and develop strategies for energy mixes. Ultimately then, we must understand the impacts of particular generation methods (e.g. wind turbines, solar photovoltaic, shale gas, geothermal, etc), develop methods to integrate these impacts into synthetic, meaningful analyses, and create tools that allow decision makers to compare between scenarios of energy development.