This course examines the policies and technologies affecting the production and use of energy, focusing in particular on innovative and sustainable energy options. The course provides a fundamental understanding of energy systems, including historical trends of supply and demand, resources and technologies, and related economic, global climate change, and security issues. Policies and technologies associated with different energy systems will be examined including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, ethanol, and other alternative transportation fuels; smart buildings and advanced lighting; industrial ecology approaches; solar and wind systems; and clean coal as well as the next generation of nuclear energy. Policies will be examined at the national and international scale, and at the state and local level where novel approaches are often first launched. Given the ubiquitous nature of energy in modern society, this course will offer insights for students pursuing a diversity of careers. The course has no formal prerequisites.