CAUSE 2013: The ‘Energy’ New Deal – Down Under concentrated on the significant role that energy resources have played in the evolution of the energy economies of both the Unites States and New Zealand. Twelve undergraduate students embarked on a 14-day research expedition across New Zealand exploring the country’s energy technologies and wrapped up the course with group presentations of their final projects.
“Progress” to an industrial economy has relied heavily on the availability of energy to spur the development of industry. Economic welfare and quality of life depend on energy choices: fossil fuels, bridging energy technologies, and the transformation to sustainable energy resources. Students were tasked to examine how future development will be affected by constraints on natural resources, contemporary views of environmental protection, new trends in green engineering, and the industrial ecology of energy and material flows.