Course Description: Classes will be held 3:30-6:30pm, Thursday, Plant Science Building 1117. This course will explore issues of environmental sustainability through an investigation of federal policymaking in energy, climate change, and sustainable development. Students will examine efforts of the U.S. government to respond to linked challenges of increasing energy demand, climate change, growing population, and poverty alleviation. Guest speakers from Congress, federal agencies, and the non-governmental sector will highlight domestic initiatives as well as the role of the U.S. government in international agreements related to climate change and sustainable development.
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HONR378J.
Instructor Information: Ed Fendley has served in the Federal government for 30 years, specializing in climate change and sustainable development. He has worked as a Foreign Service Officer, as a negotiator dealing with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and as a White House staffer. Mr. Fendley now serves in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities, where he helps people build walkable, healthy and economically vibrant neighborhoods. Mr. Fendley also served as an elected member of the School Board in his home town of Arlington, Virginia. But what he really wants to do full-time is ride his bike around the country sampling local food and drink.
Tom Carter is an expert in international, federal, and state government affairs in Washington, DC, with an emphasis on climate change, clean energy, and environmental regulation and legislation. In over two decades of public policy work in the nation’s capital, he has served in executive positions for clean energy companies and for the cement and concrete industries. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and at the University of Maryland, teaching classes on environmental law and policy, sustainability, environmental justice, and related topics. Mr. Carter’s non-professional interests include cycling and music. While earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina, Mr. Carter founded a music management company and record label and toured nationally with an indie rock band. Mr. Carter is also an avid cyclist.