Program Details

Green Energy or Greenwashing?: Costs and Benefits of the Green Energy Transition

Scott Markwith
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Course will examine the benefits of transitioning to green energy, i.e., air and water pollution and greenhouse gas reduction, in comparison to environmental costs of the green energy transition, e.g., mining and impacts on wildlife, and implementation methods that reduce those costs. Instruction will include student participation to identify costs and benefits, their relative importance, and mitigation measures, as well as PowerPoint presentation of research concerning the issues and scientifically supported conclusions. Objectives are to increase awareness concerning the tradeoffs of the green energy transition and practices and policies that can mitigate and reduce potential impacts on the environment and wildlife. Outcomes include citizens making informed decisions as consumers and at the voting booth.

About the Instructor

  • Scott H. Markwith, Ph.D., is a biogeographer who studies the processes, natural and anthropogenic, that shape the spatial patterns we see in wild populations, communities, and ecosystems. Markwith’s interests span gradients from terrestrial to aquatic systems, with research experience in freshwater and estuarine wetland ecosystems, such as the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Indian River Lagoon, and Lake Worth Lagoon, the Pantanal of Brazil, in rivers of the southeastern Piedmont, upland forest and wetland systems of the Appalachian and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, and alpine zones in the Himalaya of Nepal. Markwith is a professor in the department of geosciences at FAU.