Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: climate policy

Renewable energy and its associated technologies, including solar panels and wind turbines, have long been seen as too expensive or too difficult to implement into energy portfolios.

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.

As the Spring 2021 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence, Amy Westervelt will discuss the news media’s role in the fossil fuel industry’s efforts to block climate action and obscure climate science. Westervelt’s presentation, Widening the Circle of Accountability: Media & the Climate Debate, will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Jack Connors, MPA

What I like most about my classes is that they are made up of close-knit, hands-on groups of students where the work is closely or directly related to real-world circumstances.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lew Blank, MPA

I have developed a stronger understanding through my coursework of the inner workings of US government, our global energy systems, and new statistical tools. I’ve also learned a lot outside of class, specifically from some casual conversations I’ve had about politics with members of my cohort. More broadly, the program has helped me identify areas of politics I want more knowledge and experience in, which has guided the work projects I’ve focused on and the political books I’ve read recently.

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.

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