New publication on diversity in how electric utilities frame customer engagement & renewables

Just published in “Utilities Policy” this research analyzes how electric utility representatives in 7 different states frame customer engagement opportunities and renewable energy integration.

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Divestment – new publication

New publication co-authored by Professor Jennie Stephens and graduate students at the University of Vermont explores how universities are responding to the fossil fuel divestment movement.

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Northeastern News article on Professor Jennie Stephens

Read News @ Northeastern article on Jennie Stephens here.

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Stephens presented at the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities @MIT

Professor Stephens presented at the 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U) which takes place September 14-16 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.  Her presentation “Divestment and Investment: Strategic Financial Decisions in Higher Education to Promote Societal Change Toward Sustainability” reports on research with Elizabeth Palchak and Bonnie Reese at the University of Vermont.

 

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Gender in Energy – New article by Stephens & Rebecca Pearl-Martinez highlights benefits of more women in energy

This new article argues for more attention to and investment in diversifying the energy workforce.  Multiple societal benefits of more women in energy are explored.

PDF of article available

Pearl-Martinez, R. and J. Stephens (2016). “Toward a Gender Diverse Workforce in the Renewable Energy Transition.” Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 12(1).

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Stephens highlighted value of social science at National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on “Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities” on February 8-9, 2016.

Jennie Stephens spoke at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop on “Electricity Use in Rural and Islanded Communities” on February 8-9, 2016.

Insufficient attention is afforded to the social, behavioral, cultural, and institutional change that needs to accompany the upcoming energy transition, argued Jennie Stephens, Associate Professor at the University of Vermont.  If these broader considerations were appreciated, the heterogeneity of rural and islanded communities would be integrated more meaningfully into policy formulation and technology development.  Many of the assumptions and projections made in energy models are no longer valid and change is happening fast, concluded Stephens, which means new and different kinds of analysis are needed to identify key trends and policy opportunities.

 

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Stephens on the need for social science in the renewable energy transition February 2016

A recent piece on the need for social science in the renewable energy transition – February 2016

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