Energy, Climate, and Michigan Communities
A five-week course bringing you the latest insights in energy policy, renewable energy, business sustainability, community equity, and resilience.
In this course, energy experts will share their knowledge to help us understand the challenges and opportunities of addressing climate change — and what we as individuals and communities can do about it. Increasingly, the impact of these changes is being felt at the local level - even in Michigan. Your choices matter - in the private sector, in local government and in your community. But what can and should you be doing?
Through local case studies, contextual global and national trends, and insights from guest energy experts, students will consider the roles business, economics, politics, ethics, environmentalism and communities are playing in either greening our energy sector—or not.
Future Dates TBD
Thursdays from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Registration is closed
Meet Your Instructor
John A. Kinch, Ph.D.
John A. Kinch, Ph.D., has directed the nonprofit Michigan Energy Options (MEO) since 2010. Under Kinch, MEO works with national partners, federal, state and local governments and industry leaders, striving to make clean energy a foundation of communities. Among recent achievements, MEO has brought online the first Michigan community solar park owned and operated by a non-utility nonprofit—and which won the Michigan Energy Project of the Year in 2019. MEO is the solar consultant to the State of Michigan. Kinch is a D.O.E. SunShot advisor, a municipal certified solar expert by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and serves on state and national clean energy work groups.
Read John's recent article The Sustainable Business Case for Solar on Brownfields.
Frequently Asked Questions
L. William Seidman Center at GVSU
50 Front Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
*virtual option also available
**This class follows all applicable GVSU policies including COVID-19 safety protocols. View current protocols.**