Build and Grow a Network of E4-Cognizant Faculty:
The sine qua non of this program is the cultivation of a community
of faculty who appreciate the complex nature of the E4 crises.
This will require both finding faculty who have already come to understand
these interlocking issues, and also shepherding the intellectual transition
for faculty from realizing these are important problems to understanding
the magnitude of the E4 issues and thinking systemically about them.
Promote Research and Scholarship:
Considerable scholarly work is needed to fully understand the E4
crises, and much of this work transcends the traditional silos of academic
disciplines. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, considerable
scholarship is needed to develop appropriate responses to the E4
crises, including envisioning and laying the groundwork for realistic
scenarios that lie between techno-utopian and apocalyptic. The
interdisciplinary community of E4 Scholars will catalyze new
collaborative efforts in this space, complementing and expanding upon
scholarship undertaken by scholars both inside and outside of the academy.
The network may also aim to promote funding for scholarship in this space.
Improve Undergraduate Education:
Few students who graduate from our colleges and universities are
exposed to systems thinking, and even fewer are exposed to the
E4 crises that will almost certainly shape their futures.
The E4 Scholars Network will develop instructional resources
that can be used by faculty at different institutional types to better
educate students. These efforts may leverage existing work being done
by related groups but would focus on E4 crises, energy
literacy, systems thinking, and resilience.
Reach Beyond the Campus:
Faculty can have an impact far beyond their campuses in a variety of
ways, including K-12 outreach, continuing education or extension programs,
service in professional organizations or on government advisory boards,
engaging in community resilience efforts (including through experiential
or service learning courses), and shaping the public discourse through
op-eds, books, blogs, and media appearances. The E4 Scholars
Network will develop resources to empower its members to perform
meaningful outreach and service in order to promote a broader awareness
of the E4 crises and related topics.