Renewable Energy and the Environment

Renewable Energy and the Environment

Selecting a Topic You are strongly encouraged to pick an ENERGY topic that is related to your major. For instance, if you are a policy major, your final paper might focus on some policy aspect of a course topic. If you are in business or economics, your paper might focus on the business or economic aspect of energy. If you are in marketing, your paper might focus on a marketing issue related to renewable energy. If you are in dentistry – well, dentists use energy also. There is no major or field of interest that does not have some tie to energy. If you have not yet chosen a major, no worries, think about what major or field you are most interested in and write about a related energy topic. That said, it is not required that you relate your paper to your major. If there is a topic that interests you, go ahead and research it and write about it! General Criteria The following requirements apply to your final research paper:. Energy: The topic MUST be related to energy! Your major: We strongly suggest that your paper topic is related to your major or field of study, but this is optional. Required structural elements: There are some required sections we are wanting to see with section headings–see these below. Paper length: The paper must be a minimum of 2000 words to get full credit. We will count off points for papers with less than 2000 words (3 points off for each 100 words missing). Papers with less than 1200 words will not be accepted. Formatting: Spacing should be 1.5 spaced, 12 pt font, and you should use headings and/or subheadings for your sections. Sample papers: Sample papers are listed in Module 30. Late Submissions: Submit your paper on time! You will lose 10% for each day your paper is late. __________________________________________________________ Objectives and Instructions for your Final Research Paper The objective of this Final Research Paper is to have you present in-depth information on a topic related to energy. This paper is not a persuasive paper or first-person narrative of your actions or thoughts. Consider this a formal research paper that will help you develop an awareness of how your chosen career passion and interest relates to energy. Everything we do has a connection to energy, and we want you to explore this. Your topic MUST focus on energy and should be related to your major. Here are some questions that may help you think about energy as it relates to your field of interest: Where is the bulk of the energy being used in your field? What are some technologies or practices being done to change or reduce energy use? Are there some start-up businesses that are helping to change or reduce energy use? What is driving the change? (Is it policies? Economics? Consumers?) What are some of the road blocks or barriers to adapting changes to reduce energy use? How can these barriers be overcome? Strongly Discouraged topics: ATP, energy for the body, internal batteries recharged by the body, water use or water treatment, recycling, general sustainability, Audience Communication is most effective when you have a specific audience in mind. For this assignment your audience is either peers in your major or professionals in the field. You are writing to inform them of all the cool things going on that connect your major to energy! Required Structural Elements and Organization Use ALL of the following headers in your final paper: Cover Page (10 pts)