New Course for Term 2: Leading the Way Towards a Low-Carbon Future (RES 500W)

November 21, 2016

Leading the Way Towards a Low-Carbon Future (RES 500W)


This is a one-time UBC graduate course starting January 2017

Special funding received to host this interdisciplinary course and bring in 6 world renowned speakers (link to invited speakers list)

Graduate students (and 4th years students) welcome from all departments.

We bring together scientists, engineers, political scientists, decision makers, economists and social marketers to discuss how we can engage the next generation of scholars and the public in leading society towards a low-carbon future.

Day/Time: Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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Link to

Invited Speaker list


Mark Jacobson, Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. 

Expertise: Has developed roadmaps to transition countries to 100% renewable energy; has published over 150 papers and received the 2016 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for his outstanding paper on a solution to the U.S. grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of wind, water, and solar power

Public impact: Has testified 4X for US Congress, served on Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory to the US Secretary of Energy, co-founded the non-profit “The Solutions Project” to educate public on clean energy; invited to talk on the David Letterman Show on clean-energy plans


James Hoggan, President of Hoggan and Associates

Expertise: Leads an award-winning corporate communications and public affairs agency

Public impact: Author of Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming (2009); founded the website “DeSmogBlog” (rated one of Time Magazine’s Best Blogs of 2011); has advised on crisis management and media relations for Ballard Powers, David Suzuki Foundation and Canadian Pacific Railway.  Led the BC Green Energy Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships.


Andrew Leach, Associate Professor, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

Expertise: Energy and environmental economist; expertise on greenhouse gas policy for the oil and gas industry

Public impact: Chair, Climate Change Advisory Panel, Government of Alberta; frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s; prepared reports for the National Roundtable on the Environment on the Kyoto Protocol


James Tansey, Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of BC

Expertise: social impacts of new technologies; emerging international markets for carbon and clean technology policy

Public impact: Founder, NatureBank Asset Management (model of investment with sustainable commodities and ecological assets); Advisor to the World Economic Forum, Environment Canada and 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games Environmental Strategy