Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Energy

La Follette School Professor David Weimer contributed to a new report on the uses of radioactive materials. Published in June by the National Academy of Sciences, Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies offers suggestions for replacing these nuclear sources with non-nuclear technologies.

For the network of pipelines that bring natural gas to homes throughout the U.S., leaks are an ongoing challenge. Repairing those leaks can lead to safety and climate benefits by reducing the amount of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere. But a new study led by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards found these repairs are not always successful, leaving some of the potential benefits of leak repair on the table.

The La Follette School provides a robust independent study structure that allows you to pair personal interests and experiences with real-world clients that make the classroom material that much more enriching.

La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and Kavita Surana of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support their research on the interactions between corporations and cleantech start-ups.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Jenna Greene, MPA

I began the year working with Professor Greg Nemt to prepare content for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment Report. Since then, I’ve worked on research for projects on policies related to technological innovation, low energy demand, and carbon removal.

I have been an active volunteer since I went to college, and I am always willing to help others and try to solve social issues such as lack of education in rural areas, poor living conditions in orphanages, severe air pollution, and so on.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

William Keenan, MPA

I was part of the first graduating class of Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy students, which allowed me to take classes from La Follette faculty, including Lindsay Jacobs and Geoffrey Wallace. Developing these relationships, as well as the small cohort size drew me to the La Follette School. As someone interested in environmental policy, I was also drawn to the research and work of Greg Nemet and Manuel Teodoro.

Monday, December 7, 2020

New Faculty Focus: Morgan Edwards

The climate crisis amplifies the effects of the pandemic, and vice versa. (The wildfires on the West Coast) are driven by climate change but made worse by a confluence of racial injustice, mass incarceration, and an ongoing pandemic. These overlapping crises show why we can’t compartmentalize complex policy problems. I think there are opportunities to address them together.

Research by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and colleagues demonstrates how combining existing subnational climate action with expanded national strategies in the United States will be critical to reach scientifically informed climate goals.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Manuel P. Teodoro

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

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