About the Program

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For the first time in history, the world is predominantly urban. More than half of the planet's population lives in cities, up 30% from 50 years ago. Urban areas are gaining an estimated 67 million people per year. By 2030, approximately 5 billion people are expected to live in urban areas-60% of the projected global population of 8.3 billion. This growing population is primarily served by non-renewable energy sources which can have adverse impacts to the environment while also being susceptible to price fluctuations and availability.

Researchers from Arizona State University, Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Michigan and MIT have come together to develop a unique educational and research experience for students to address the global need for the use of energy reduction designs supplemented by renewable energy technologies. This system we call Sustainable Energy. Students will be exposed to research and education in energy production, conversion, storage and sources that are environmentally friendly and renewable such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. Additionally, students will be educated in effective Life Cycle Management Programs and Innovations that can be used by manufacturers and the service sector.

Leading practitioners from industry, government and non-governmental agencies supplement the learning experience by providing divergent points of view and technical expertise.

Held on the Cornell University campus, this year’s program will run June 2—June 9, 2010.

NCE SMART Innovations at Arizona State University