Bard CEP Faculty Publish Teaching Module: Regulating Carbon Emissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Krista Herbstrith
Company Name: Science Education Resource Center
Telephone Number: 507-222-5634
Email Address: kherbstr@carleton.edu
Web site address: http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/index.html

InTeGrate is pleased to announce the publication of the complete Regulating Carbon Emissions module at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/carbon_emissions/index.html.

Developed by Robyn Smyth (Bard College), Sandra Penny (Sage Colleges), Curt Gervich (SUNY Plattsburgh), Gautam Sethi (Bard College), Eric Leibensperger (SUNY Plattsburgh), and Pinar Batur (Vassar College), Regulating Carbon Emissions is a three to four-week module that gives students experience with the integration of climate science, economics, and law in the formulation of federal policy to address climate change. The module is interdisciplinary and interactive. Students will use an educational, web-based Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy model (webDICE) to estimate the social costs of climate change and its abatement under different future emission scenarios.

Students who learn with this module will:

  • Connect the causes, effects, and potential solutions to climate change in a socio-environmental system analysis.
  • Run a global climate-economy model and interpret the output in terms of the social cost of carbon pollution.
  • Argue for policy action to curb climate change based on sound scientific and economic reasoning.

Regulating Carbon Emissions emphasizes the importance of systems thinking when seeking viable solutions to complex socio-environmental problems like climate change. The module is a great fit for courses in climate science, energy policy, Earth and environmental science, global change, environmental studies, and environmental policy.

This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the Earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. Prior to publication, this module was successfully used in three different courses at three different institutions. Full materials for faculty support, adoption, and individual notes/stories from pre-publication classroom practice are available to illustrate a full range of teaching environments.

The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.

Through the development of these modules InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future), strives to infuse Earth literacy across disciplines, engage younger students in the geosciences, and develop a new vision for how geoscience is positioned in higher education.  For more information on InTeGrate, please see our website at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/index.html

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