Energy and the Environment

Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?

An issue I am deeply concerned with is the stability of our environment, because without a stable environment, life as we know it will be deeply affected on a global scale. In my junior year, I took AP Environmental Science, and many of the things I learned in that class sparked my interest in the preservation of the natural world. As a result of the knowledge I gained, I think a course based on energy and sustainability would be informative and relevant for the current generation. My course would address common methods of energy production such as fossil fuels, and students could be challenged to find ways to fix their flaws. Additionally, the multitude of alternative energy sources would be equally important to consider. Furthermore, many of the ways we use energy are inefficient, so finding a way to increase sustainability in our energy production and use is a critical issue. Because of the many forms of energy creation and use, my course would have no shortage of material.Energy is a necessity for our growing modern world, and every current large-scale means of its production, such as the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels, is harmful to the environment, or unsustainable in one way or another. As a result, a common...

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