Environmental Innovation Practicum
Environmental Innovation Practicum 2014
Fall Quarter | 2 credits | Tuesdays, 4-5:50pm | Paccar Hall 292
Instructor: Deborah Hagen-Lukens
Prerequisites: None. Recommended for juniors, seniors, and grad students.
Cross-listed: ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498, ENVIR 495.
Discover the universe of cleantech solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges. You’ll identify problems, team up to create solutions, and present those solutions to the class.
The seminar portion of this class will consist of a selection of required readings and a series of industry experts who will speak on topics like clean technology, renewable energy, and climate capitalism. Lectures are open to the public. See below for a list of speakers:
2014 Schedule TBA. (See 2013 schedule below for an idea of what to expect.)
||Welcome to the Environmental Innovation Practicum!
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|Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable
Terri Butler, Sustainable Seattle
Lars Johansson, Co-Chair, NW Energy Angels
Kirk Washington, Partner, Yaletown Venture Partners
||The Business Case for Environmental Entrepreneurship
|Aaron Fairchild, CEO, Green Canopy Homes
Jeremy Smithson, CEO/Founder, Puget Sound Solar
Rick Luebbe, CEO, Energ2
||Our Energy Future
|Peter Christensen, Commercialization Manager, Pacific NW National Labs
Reception Following with Peter and the managers of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge and the UW Business Plan Competition
||Team formation & Great Pitches
|Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Director, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
||Green Buildings, Green Neighborhoods
|Ash Awad, Vice President-Energy & Facility Services, McKinstry
Rob Peña, UW Assoc. Prof. of Architecture, Integrated Design Lab
||Transforming Transportation and Electric Vehicles
|Eric Leonhardt, Director, Vehicle Research Institute, Department of Engineering Technology, Western Washington University
||Moving Beyond Oil
|K.C. Golden, Climate Solutions
Hoby Douglass, Director, VP Sustainable Business Development, General BioDiesel Solutions
Josh Binder, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Development, The Boeing Company
|Chris Bajuk, Urban Harvest
Steve Jones, Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, Director of the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, Washington State University
Wayne Carpenter, Co-founder, Skagit Valley Malting and Brewing
|TJ Dicaprio, Sr. Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corp.
Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Affairs, Starbucks
Ruth Johnston, UW Assoc. VP, Finance and Facilities
Students will work in teams to present a proposed cleantech solution to an environmental problem. The final deliverable for the class is a 5-10 minute team presentation covering:
- The extent of the problem and how it is manifested
- Your proposed solution
- What’s involved in implementing the solution?
- What will your prototype be? (Only if you plan to enter the Environmental Innovation Challenge)
- Solutions that have been tried already and why yours is better/cheaper/faster or just more interesting.
- Is there a market for this?
Teams formed in class are encouraged (but not required) to go on to compete in the annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, April 2, 2015.
For information on the course or the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge contact Pam Tufts, email@example.com