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Energy, Environment, and Society (STS.032) with Prof. Chakanetsa Mavhunga, MIT STS Program.

Providing context for energy and sustainability issues is the major goal of STS.032, an elective for the Energy Studies minor.

“I understand the imperative that we need energy, we need electronic goods, but the environment is an afterthought. That’s a big mistake,” says Professor Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, who teaches the class.

“We can no longer just focus on happy stories about technology,” says Mavhunga, who serves on the Energy Minor Oversight Committee, a subcommittee of the Energy Education Task Force of the MIT Energy Initiative. “What I try to do is place energy in everyday life and to show issues everyday people are grappling with.”