Energy plays a crucial role in modern civilization, yet energy use poses serious risks to the environment and international security. Decision-makers in government, industry, and environmental organizations are increasingly challenged with balancing tradeoffs among these multifaceted energy issues.
The La Follette School provides students with tools to navigate the scientific, technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy design and implementation. In addition to teaching, faculty members conduct internationally recognized research to inform energy and environmental policy making.
La Follette School faculty member Greg Nemet also chairs the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program, with which La Follette School students can complement their master's degree in public affairs or master's degree in international public affairs. He also is a professor in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.