Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus is an academic curriculum authored by Dr. Michael E. Webber of the University of Texas at Austin. With rapid changes in technologies and an aging workforce, we are facing a significant skills gap in STEM related fields of study. As a business leader and STEM employer, Itron has partnered with DISCO Learning Media to create this curriculum as an opportunity to invest in the next generation of innovators to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. Resourcefulness is being created in line with College and Career Readiness/Common Core Standards including Next Generation Science Standards, Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science, and International Baccalaureate Environmental Systems and Societies. The material is designed to complement and enhance existing curriculum and lesson plans with fully developed teaching resources. Over the next year, Resourcefulness will evolve from a more traditional in-class educational program for secondary education into a curriculum that can be shared across many channels. Modular units on sustainability and effective resource management will encourage the conversation around resourcefulness on many different age and educational levels, including primary education and adult education for professional development. Shorter week-long and day-long programs will also be available. We would like to thank Itron for philanthropic support, which makes this curriculum available free of charge to K–12 students worldwide. Dr. Webber and Disco Learning Media bear responsibility for the accuracy of the content presented in apps, online experiences, and any derivative works thereof. Itron and some other organizations cited within provided some data to inform the development, but neither sponsors nor partners exerted editorial oversight or influence over the project.
At Itron, corporate social responsibility means using available resources to maximize positive societal and environmental impact. Education plays a critical role in our ability to raise awareness about important sustainability challenges and inspire the next generation of problem solvers to help create a more resourceful world.
About the Author
At the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Michael E. Webber is deputy director of the Energy Institute, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator, Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources, and professor of mechanical engineering. He has developed Energy 101, a popular energy literacy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and course app, and created and hosted the PBS television special, Energy at the Movies. He also holds four patents and writes and lectures extensively on energy and other topics. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy Water Nexus
by Dr. Michael E. Webber
The University of Texas at Austin
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Portions of this text have previously appeared in Energy 101: Energy Technology & Policy © 2013 and in Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival (Yale Press) © 2016 Michael E. Webber.