the physics department has a new course (PHYS217 "Energy Future") on Renewable and Sustainable Energy that can count for either I&S or NW distribution requirements.
The main text for the course, "Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air", by David MacKay, is available as a free PDF (see http://www.withouthotair.com). We will address parts I and II. This will be supplemented with similarly highly-reliable and highly-readable sources on topics including: the social impact of energy policy, global climate change, economic opportunity in a sustainable energy society, energy efficiency, and present modes of energy production and consumption. Some lectures will include presentations from UW faculty performing research on sustainable energy. All class meetings will be video-recorded and made available via the UW’s screen-casting service.