Two Spring Courses to Focus on Major Changes in Federal Environmental Policies Under the Biden/Harris Administration

Biden making climate statement
December 14, 2020

With the pending sea change in Federal environmental and energy policies associated with the Administration transition, the GW Environmental and Energy Management graduate program is offering two Spring 2021 semester courses to support the new directions of our Nation.

 

 

Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management. Taught by Professor Joe Cascio, former Federal Environmental Executive in the White House and current co-Director of the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute, this course will introduce students to the issues, solutions, approaches, and responses that affect the regulated environmental and energy community in the U.S. The course approaches the relevant factors from the users’ perspective rather than from the policy maker or enforcer’s side. Topics of interest to users include the manner in which environmental and energy laws are made and EPA’s compliance enforcement role. In addition, the goals of applicable environmental and energy laws and regulations will be discussed, along with how the policy system works and how it could be improved, including coverage of private governance and private-sector, consensus management standards, and trends on the horizon for next generation governance. This course (EMSE 6200) will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:10 to 8:40 pm via virtual instruction. Additional details about the course can be obtained by contacting Prof. Cascio at [email protected].

 

Air Quality Management. Taught by Professor Jonathan Deason, former Director of Environmental Policy and Compliance at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and current co-Director of the GW Environmental and Energy Management Institute, this course will focus on the climate change and air quality policies of the Biden/Harris Administration. Topics studied in the course will include the complex regulatory and institutional framework controlling air quality management in the U.S. and around the world, including those involving responses to the growing threat from global climate change pursuant to the Paris Climate Agreement. Coverage also will include discussion of the atmospheric pollutants of greatest current concern, as well as their sources and effects. Techniques of emission and ambient air quality sampling and analysis, and institutional and technological control concepts, will be included.  This course (EMSE 6225) will be offered on Monday evenings from 6:10 to 8:40 pm via virtual instruction. Additional details about the course can be obtained by contacting Prof. Deason at [email protected].

 

No technical background is required to register for either of these two courses. The official GW Bulletin description of these courses can be seen at:

https://my.gwu.edu/mod/pws/courses.cfm?campId=1&termId=202101&subjId=EMSE

 

To see the announcement flyers for these courses, please click on the following links:

 

EMSE 6200 - Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management

 

EMSE 6225 - Air Quality Management