The world evolves toward non-fossil, renewable and sustainable energy. The course Fossil Free Cities is focusing on the implementation of this trending evolution. It includes group work every morning and lectures given by practitioners every afternoon.
In this course, we learn from global trailblazers who already have realized a fossil free area about further possibilities on this area. We also take initiatives that encourage shifts to the fossil free businesses and cities. We get to know about the diversity of citizens' initiatives and businesses and learn how to start a social enterprise for fossil free schools, clubs etc.. All initiatives for fossil free mobility are welcome, as well.
Above all, this course is based on hands-on experience. You will take part in the process of searching opportunities for a fossil free campus of the University of Twente. During a few days, small groups will elaborate on proposals for that campus. You will collect and process information and decide in your groups about actions that need to be taken with the assistance of your professors. The best and tagible good proposals will be awarded. The advantages of following this course are many: learning about various initiatives aiming at fossil free energy consumption at various levels, assessing ideas for energy efficiency and renewable energy, developing concepts and making proposals for implementation of the viable ideas.
During the groups work, you will assess opportunities for the fossil-free campus of the University of Twente and propose actions. Professors of the University of Twente will help you with these tasks. Sound proposals will be awarded. Furthermore, during the course practitioners will show you more about the implementation of fossil-free energy. Topics of this course are:
- Global trailblazer presents fossil free island in Denmark (Fossil Free Samsø).
- Politician introduces local and regional energy systems.
- Shareholder explains turnaround of an oil corporation
- Policymaker present actions toward the fossil free city (Fossil Free Policies).
- Marketers show local energy initiatives and electric mobility.
- Entrepreneurs present fossil-free business models (Fossil free corporations).
- University campus as a Living Lab
- Fossil Free Amsterdam
- Fossil Free Leeuwarden
- Learn to generate ideas for the renewable energy actions.
- Integrate technological and social issues into tangible proposals.
- Gain experience in turning the academic knowledge into actions.
- Learn how to make renewable energy accepted in business and policy.
- Find out about how marketing of these initiatives could work and how to attract stakeholders.
- Learn how to make tangible business models in renewable energy.
Yoram Krozer (1953) received his MSc in Biology and MA in Economics at the University of Utrecht, Business Administration at InHolland, and PhD in Economics at the University of Groningen. He started his work at non-governmental organisations, then shifted to industries, and he was the director of the Institute for Applied Environmental Economics - TME. After twenty five years in the private sector he joined the University of Twente as director of the Cartesius Institute, Institute for Sustainable Innovations of the Netherlands Technical University. He is now Associate professor at the CSTM at the University of Twente, professor at the CIIRC at the Jyothi Institute of Technology, Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne University and Director of the Sustainable Innovations Academy. His research interests are focusing on economics of sustainable development. He has co-created products, software, masters and vocational courses, published about hundred papers and two books “Innovations and the Environment” and “Theories and Practices on Innovations for Sustainable Development”.
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