Workshop Overview: Energy, Environment, Economics, Education

Go beyond the soundbites! This workshop is designed to help community college faculty integrate complex energy topics into their classrooms. The workshop will focus on Colorado's changing energy portfolio, including current and potential energy sources, the environmental impacts and trade-offs of energy sources including natural gas, and industry workforce needs for employees in different energy sectors. Local experts will describe the current state of the field in their respective disciplines. Participants will review exemplary teaching resources, adapt resources to their own needs and develop action plans for incorporating new energy concepts within their curriculum.

Workshop Objectives

  • Learn about the latest research in energy science, environmental aspects and workforce needs
  • Find high quality teaching resources for use in your classroom
  • Integrate new energy science into your syllabus


8:00a-4:30p November 14 and 15, 2015


What are the participants expected to do:

    • Prior to the workshop complete the pre-workshop survey and submit teaching goals or resources
      • Prior submissions may include one of the following: an essay response to a prompt, a relevant teaching resources you are using or are interested in using in your course, or a course syllabus in which you are or would like to integrate energy topics.
    • During the workshop participate in all sessions and complete activities during the workshops
    • After the workshop participate in one post-workshop follow up meeting to share outcomes. This could be synchronous via a webinar or asynchronous via email.

Free of charge, with a stipend for participants who complete the expectations

  • The workshop is free of charge, sponsored by CIRES and grant funds from the University of Wisconsin and Carleton College, MN.
  • Participants who complete expectations will receive a $200 stipend from the University of Wisconsin
  • Workshop lunch and breaks are provided.
  • Lodging and meals for non-local participants are paid.

Application and Selection Criteria-Application Deadline is October 15, 2015

  • The workshop is targeted to Colorado community college faculty. Space is available to community college faculty on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Prospective participants from other educator groups will be considered on a space available basis.


The workshop will be hosted by CIRES Education and Outreach on the East Campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Details will be provided upon completion of registration.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Susan Sullivan, Director of CIRES Education and Outreach, University of Colorado, Boulder.


Phone: 303-492-5657