Initial Publication Date: October 19, 2016

Addressing Energy Sources and their Impact on the Environment

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Climate, Oceans, and Atmosphere
Thursday, November 17th
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Friday, October 28th

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Pete Berquist (Thomas Nelson Community College) and Benjamin Cuker (Hampton University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Addressing energy resources and the role of carbon on climate change provides opportunities to help students see connections between science and their daily lives. The formation of fossil fuels, renewable vs. non-renewable energy sources, understanding the renewable energy technology, and the impact of energy consumption and carbon on climate can empower students to make informed decisions about their energy consumption and on other environmental issues. This webinar will highlight interactive teaching strategies and examples ranging from in-class activities to complete course materials. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding energy resources, carbon, and climate change.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • strategies to address renewable and non-renewable energy in terms of basic principles and societal implications
  • teaching approaches for discussing the impact of energy consumption on climate, climate change in the geologic record and climate change due to carbon in the present-day
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
  • new colleagues engaged in this work


Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration for this webinar is closed

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Pete Berquist, Geology, Thomas Nelson Community College

Benjamin Cuker, Marine and Environmental Science, Hampton University


The powerpoint slides will be available here prior to the webinar

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources module co-author – Pete Berquist

  • Strategies for students to critique technical information
  • reservoirs and fluxes in the carbon cycle and corresponding impacts on climate
  • non-renewable energy sources and their impact on geologic record of climate and current climate change

3) Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability module co-author – Benjamin Cuker

  • Overview of physical principles
  • Discussion of energy technologies for thermal, light, and biofuels
  • Course modules focus on student-centered activities and assignments

4) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you help, or plan to help (based on the materials presented in this webinar), students make connections between energy choices, climate change, and social outcomes?

5) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about renewable and non-renewable energy sources and the impact of energy consumption on climate, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

6) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

7) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 588MB Oct28 16).