E3: Extreme Energy Efficiency

CEE 107R/207R     Spring Break 2019 (sign up Winter Quarter)    3 Units    Basalt, CO

”The course exceeded my expectations. It was a very worthy and valuable way to spend spring break. The elements of total immersion not only with the course material but with the fellow students was of unexpectedly high value.”

- Student, 2018

A Unique and Rewarding Extreme Energy Efficiency Experience

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center in Basalt, CO

Spring Break 2019 (Sunday March 24 - Friday March 29)

Course Syllabus (from 2018)

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We will begin reviewing applications on October 22, 2018, and notify the first wave of accepted students shortly after that. Applications will continue to be reviewed after that date and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can be admitted! We hope to have approximately 40 students in the course.

Transportation and Lodging

Students must pay for and make arrangements for their own travel to and from Basalt, CO - but we can help! Check out our suggestions for transportation here.

Lodging and food will be covered during the course, from Sunday March 24 dinner to Friday March 29 lunch (lodging is also covered for Saturday night, March 23rd, to give you time to settle in / explore the area before the course starts on Sunday March 24). We will be staying at the Basalt Mountain Inn in downtown Basalt, a short walk from the Innovation Center.

Course Description

Be part of a unique and intense six day course about extreme energy efficiency taking place during spring break at Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado! The course will focus on efficiency techniques’ design, performance, choice, evolution, integration, barrier-busting, profitable business-led implementation, and implications for energy supply, competitive success, environment, development, security, etc. Examples will span very diverse sectors, applications, issues, and disciplines, with each day covering a different energy theme: buildings, transportation, industry, and implementation and implications, including renewable energy synergy and integration.

Solid technical grounding and acquaintance with basic economics and business concepts will both be helpful. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) will give a series of lectures, exercises, and interactive activities synthesizing integrative design principles. Students will be introduced to integrative design: to the approach for optimizing the whole system for multiple benefits. Students will work closely and interactively with RMI staff including Amory Lovins, cofounder and Chief Scientist of RMI, and world-renown energy efficiency guru. Exercises will illuminate challenges RMI has faced and solutions it has created in real-world design. Students will explore clean-sheet solutions that meet end-use demands and optimize whole-system resource efficiency, often with expanding rather than diminishing returns to investments, i.e. making big savings cheaper than small ones.

Students will also get to tour Amory Lovins's famous energy efficient home in Snowmass, Co - and check out his indoor greenhouse / banana crop!

Who should apply?


Brief info about the course

There will be one lecture by Amory Lovins on campus during winter quarter, along with some readings and homework to complete before spring break. Students will meet with the Stanford teaching team once during the winter quarter to discuss logistics and preparation requirements.

We encourage you to plan some extra time before or after the course to enjoy the Roaring Fork Valley area - for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing (Aspen and Snowmass)

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Ginnebaugh at moongdes@stanford.edu

E3: Extreme Energy Efficiency class of 2018, outside Amory Lovins's home