MEM
Specialization

Energy and the Environment

Our Vision

Energy presents one of the biggest challenges we face as we seek more sustainable ways to provide society with goods and services. Energy is an essential input to nearly every human activity, but extraction and utilization of energy resources have profound effects on the environment. Society's desire to access energy resources, which are distributed unevenly, raises geopolitical issues and energy security concerns. Addressing these challenges and understanding the ramifications of various energy alternatives requires both a systemic and multidisciplinary perspective, which can be obtained through the MEM Specialization in Energy and the Environment.

Program / Courses

specializations ENERGY

Purpose and Scope

Energy presents one of the biggest challenges we face as we seek more sustainable ways to provide society with goods and services. Energy is an essential input to nearly every human activity, but extraction and utilization of energy resources have profound effects on the environment. Society's desire to access energy resources, which are distributed unevenly, raises geopolitical issues and energy security concerns. Billions continue to lack access to modern energy services relying on traditional biofuels, suffering severe adverse health effects. Costs and reliability of energy service provision are important concerns for households and businesses in all economies and are important areas for public policy and regulators. The profligate consumption of fossil fuels changes climate, pollutes ecosystems, and also impacts human health. Traditional and emerging alternative sources of energy pose their own sets of problems: hydroelectric installations alter hydrologic regimes and displace human populations; nuclear power generates hazardous wastes and can raise the risks of proliferation; and biomass-energy production can impact food security and complicate biodiversity conservation.

Addressing these challenges and understanding the ramifications of various energy alternatives requires both a systemic and multidisciplinary perspective, which can be obtained through the MEM Specialization in Energy and the Environment. Students following this specialization will gain exposure to a mix of courses in energy systems, energy industries and technologies, policy analyses, business, economics, finance, the environment, and also can take advantage of an array of interdisciplinary and qualitative social-science courses. The Energy and the Environment Specialization exists to prepare students to help lead in developing a more equitable, efficient, and cleaner energy future. Graduates of the Energy Specialization will be prepared to work in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, private sector energy firms, energy consultancies and renewable energy start-ups, energy service companies, international financial institutions and development agencies, government agencies, and environmental think-tanks.

Specialization Coordinator: Ken Gillingham

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
  Gillingham
  Gillingham
ENV 814
Energy Systems Analysis
Rao
M,W 9:00-10:20
  Rao  
 

Elective

Students must take at least one course from each of the following three bins:
 

Energy Policy and Governance

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 622
Decarbonizing Pathways to Limit Climate Change
  Faculty
  Tentative
ENV 789
Energy and Development
        Rao  
ENV 816
Electric Utilities: an Industry in Transition
Reilly
Tu 4:00-6:50
  Reilly  
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Klee  
ENV 840
Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
Esty
M,W 2:30-3:50
  Esty
Tentative
 

 

Energy Technologies and Industries

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 716
Renewable Energy
          Tentative
ENV 773
Air Pollution Control (APC)
Gentner
M,W 2:30-3:45
  Gentner
Tentative
 
ENV 884
Industrial Ecology
Yao
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Faculty
Tentative
 
G&G 274a
Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
       
CHEM 505a
Alternative Energy
       
ENAS 609
Nanotechnology for Energy
       
EENG 406b /
ENAS 806b
Photovoltaic Energy
       
 

Quantitative Methods for Energy Analysis

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 635
Renewable Energy Project Finance
  Gross
  Gross
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 802
Environmental Valuation
        Mendelsohn  
ECON 331
Economics of Energy and Climate Change
       
ECON 412
International Environmental Economics
       
ECON 545
Microeconomics (IDE)
       
ECON 558
Statistics and Econometrics (IDE)
       
ECON 132
Econometrics and Data Analysis II
       
ECON 550/551
Econometrics
       
MGT 842
Financing Green Technologies
       
 

Additional Elective

Energy Analysis students are required to take one additional course. Students are encouraged to choose this course to develop an expertise in a particular area of study pertaining to energy and the environment. This course can be drawn either from the list above or from the following other energy-related courses at Yale:
 

Energy and Society

ANTH 438
Culture, Power, Oil 2
       
 

Energy, Climate, and Health

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 608
Air Pollution and Public Health
  Faculty
Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 855
Climate Change Mitigation in Urban Areas (Dates TBD)
        Seto
Tentative
 
ENV 898
Environment and Human Health
Bell
M 1:00-3:50
  Bell
Tentative
 
 

Interdisciplinary

Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 894
Green Building: Issues and Perspectives
Yost
F 9:00-11:50
  Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 982
Green Engineering and Sustainability
          Zimmerman