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Energy and Social Justice

Spring 2020: Monday and Wednesday, 3:05-4:20pm 
Ross-Blakely Hall, Room 171

  • What does social justice have to do with energy production?
  • Why does transitioning to renewable energy sources impact communities differently?
  • Who needs to be included in conversations about transitioning energy systems? Are they?
  • How are the narratives that are told (and those that are muted or excluded)shape the social impacts of energy transitions?
  • What measures would support people living in communities being transitioned away from nonrenewable energies, with a particular focus on coal communities?
 

Participate in the discovery and design of pathways that reduce carbon emissions, promote social justice, and enhance human thriving.

Moving to clean energy sources is desirable but energy transitions can be unjust and harm the most vulnerable populations. Coal plants across the country — including several in Arizona — will soon be shut down with benefits for the environment but potentially devastating consequences for families and communities. In this Lab, you will work closely with faculty, fellow students, and prominent energy leaders to explore issues and design narratives that will help protect the planet, promote social justice, and enhance human thriving in a future of transitions.

Collaborations

Students will interact with prominent energy leaders and community members involved in the closing of the Navajo Generating Station including a member of the Navajo Nation, a representative of the Salt River Project, and an official from the city of Page. Students will have the opportunity to request additional collaborators during the semester based on the direction of their inquiry and what they wish to know more about. In addition, students will interact with narrative experts at ASU including Steve Beschloss and Peter Byck 

Impact Outcomes

Students in the Energy and Social Justice lab participated in the discovery and design of pathways that reduce carbon emissions, promote social justice, and enhance human thriving. They worked closely with faculty, fellow students, and prominent energy leaders to explore issues and design narratives that will help protect the planet, promote social justice, and enhance human thriving in a future of transitions. View their final impact outcomes here

Enrollment Information

Spring 2020: Monday and Wednesday, 3:05-4:20pm and Friday 1-3pm*

Ross Blakely Hall, Room 171

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and HUL 598
  • Justice Studies JUS 394
  • History HST 494
  • Sustainability SOS 484
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times. Sign up today!

Instructional Team

Gary Dirks Director of Lightworks and Sr. Director of Global Futures Laboratory School of Sustainability Energy and Social Justice Spring 2020
Christopher Jones History and Sociology of Science School of Historical, Philisophical and Religious Studies Energy and Social Justice Spring 2020