Current Courses

UCSC Courses

EE80J Renewable Energy Sources (Spring 2011) Syllabus – see link

This is an introduction to energy conversion and storage with special emphasis on renewable sources. Fundamental energy conversion limits based on physics and existing material properties will be discussed. Various sources such as solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and fuel cells will be described. An analysis of different alternative sources will be performed and key scientific, economical and social roadblocks for large scale implementation will be examined. Finally, the latest research on solar cells and applications of nanotechnology on energy conversion and storage will be introduced.
EE80S Sustainability Engineering and Ecological Design (Fall 2010) SyllabusFall2011

This course is a topical introduction to principles and practices of sustainability engineering and ecological
design (SEED) defined here as the planning, development and deployment of technological and social systems and institutions that can protect the earth’s ecological systems for this and future generations. The course provides students with an understanding of basic scientific, engineering and social principles in the design, deployment, and operation of resource-based human systems, and how they can be maintained for this and future generations. No specialized background in engineering, sciences or social sciences is required, and the course is open to all students. It is a gateway course to the curriculum in Sustainability Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED).

Questions on the reading materials
Student knowledge assesment

SOCY 115 Collaborative Design for Sustainable Technology Lab(Spring 2010) Socy 115 syllabus

The goal of the course is not to get to the truth of what sustainability “is”, but rather to develop the sills to understand sustainability as a process of making sense of environmental and social crisis. We start with “the problem”. If sustainable development is a “solution” then what is the problem? How does thinking about sustainability as one particular kind of solution provide us with clues about how complex social and environmental problems are being constructed?


Sustainability and Social Change – UCDC


S179 Nature, Poverty and Progress – Dilemmas of environment and development. Syllabus (2009)This is a course about international development and the environment. I call it Nature, Poverty and Progress because those are the issues that such a course needs to confront. The course tackles environmental questions while taking the perspective that human livelihoods and deprivation cannot be ignored. It examines three main areas. First, throughout the class we will be exploring the potential for sustainable industrialization in the global south, also termed the Third World. Second, we will at various points examine the two-way interactions between poverty and environmental change. Then, thirdly, we will particularly be examining questions about energy and water production and consumption.

EEE123ABC Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service.

EE123A IDEASS Fall (2010) IDEASS Fall 2011 Syllabus 

  • During Fall Quarter, IDEASS students work closely with their teammates and project mentors to develop a project plan. Class sessions focus on developing skills for project planning and evaluation.

EE123B IDEASS Winter (2011) IDEASS Winter & Spring 2012 Syllabus

  • During Winter Quarter, student teams  focus on implementing  and  designing evaluation plans for their projects. Class sessions focus on developing quantitative skills for project implementation and evaluation, as well as professional skills that enable students to be success in their work.Project PlanningSTEM Learning

EE123C IDEASS Spring (2011) IDEASS Winter & Spring 2012 Syllabus

  • During Spring  Quarter, student teams continue project implementation and apply their evaluation plans to measure impact. Class sessions focus on developing quantitative skills for evaluating results as well as oral and written skills that enable students to communicate about their work.Project Planning

UCSC Programs

Lolland-California summer program in renewable energies (LoCal-RE)

CA-Denmark Summer Workshop Program website

The California – Denmark Summer Workshop takes place annually in California and Denmark alternately. The  2012 edition will be held in Denmark.

The Denmark-California Summer Workshop on Renewable Energy is a unique educational initiative developed by leading universities in Denmark and California. Students and researchers from the UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Merced, Technical University of Denmark and Aalborg University will meet in Denmark for a 3-week renewable energy summer workshop. Participants will learn about the economics, politics, science, and technology behind RE implementation from leading experts, while exploring communities and relevant energy sites where such technology is in place or currently being implemented. The interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspective allows students with various academic backgrounds to interact and develop concrete final project ideas, while targeting today’s energy problems from different angles

In addition to lectures and visits, participants will develop a problem-oriented research project, which represents a fundamental part of the overall learning experience. Upon conclusion of the workshop, a final written report and presentation is completed by student teams, including analyses of the identified problem, possible solutions, and suggested recommendations.


Scientific Committee

  • Ali Shakouri, Professor, Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Bryan M. Jenkins, Professor, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at the University of California, Davis
  • Kurt Kornbluth, Director, Program for International Energy Technologies at the University of California, Davis
  • Joel Kubby, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Arne Remmen, Professor, Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Chresten Træholt, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • Brian Vad Mathiesen, Associate Professor, Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University, Ballerup, Denmark
  • Martin Lehmann, Associate Professor, Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University

UCSC Sustainable Living Center (SLC) 

  • Information about our newly installed “Green Kitchen” PDF
  • Information about the • The Program in Community and Agroecology (PiCA) residential student community focused on sustainability PiCA Link


Courses and programs at affiliated institutions

SEED-related courses offered at San Jose State University

URBP 142 / 240: Environmental Planning, taught Fall 2010 and will be taught Fall 2011 Syllabus

URBP 201: Community Assessment, taught Fall 2010 (Energy Retrofit Service Learning Course) Syllabus

URBP 101: The City (undergraduate G.E. course), will be taught Summer 2011 Syllabus

URBP 200: Seminar in Urban & Regional Planning, will be taught Fall 2011, Syllabus still in review

 SEED related courses offered at Hartnell College

SEED-related courses offered at Cabrillo College

SEED-related courses offered at Foothill/DeAnza 

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