Courses & Electives

The Revers Center for Energy, Sustainability and Innovation supports curricular learning through credit and non-credit courses, workshops and events. The energy curriculum at Tuck is designed for students who have a deep interest in energy and for those who want to understand the industry in preparation for related careers in general management, consulting, banking, entrepreneurship, or investing. In addition to courses with a specific focus on energy, students have the opportunity to design independent studies and participate in various experiential learning projects.

For-Credit Courses

Energy Economics, Professor Erin Mansur
A full-term elective that explores a managerial perspective on the economics of energy markets, including crude oil, refined products, natural gas, and electricity. 

Business and Climate Change, Professor Anant Sundaram
An elective course taught annually. Companies are the major source of greenhouse gas emissions and equally, by deploying R&D, financial resources, technology, and talent, they are the ones developing the solutions to address the problem. The class discusses the impacts of climate change on business, tools and frameworks to understand regulatory responses, and ways to assess how a company’s business model is exposed to climate change.

Current Issues in the Global Food Systems, Professor José B. Alvarez
An elective course exploring the global food system that consists of a multitude of players connected through local and global networks. Students learn about the challenges these networks face in an effort to feed the planet.

Financing the Clean Energy Economy, Professor Curtis Probst
This elective course focuses on the finance aspects of the clean energy economy. Students examine renewable energy generation—as mass electrification using cleaner generation sources is necessary to sustain our energy-dependent lives and economies—as well as energy efficiency.

International Climate Negotiations at COP27, Professor Tracy Bach
This elective course provides Tuck students a front-row seat to the climate negotiations in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Students will explore COP27 and international cooperation on the rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement through mitigation and adaptation actions, climate and carbon financing, recognition of loss and damage, and holding countries accountable via the global stock take and private entities via the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCA).

Sustainable Marketing, Professor Liana Frey
An elective course where students learn about how sustainable marketing differs from regular marketing, the shift of consumer expectations around transparency of a company’s environmental impact, and how to communicate that to various stakeholders.

Not-for-Credit Opportunities

Workshops: The Center offers full-day or half-day workshops to help students take a deep-dive into energy topics that are not full-filled through the curriculum. These are offered to support students in the career recruiting process or simply to explore topics they want to learn more about. Recent workshops include:

  • Energy 101-Fundamentals of Power and Gas
    This intensive, introductory, day-long workshop covers energy consumers, generation sources, physical system attributes, as well as regulation, markets, and future trends. The workshop utilizes several case studies from the power and gas industries. 
  • Energy Project Finance
    This deep-dive workshop is an exciting opportunity for Tuck students looking to explore topics such as: M&A trends in energy and power (shift from public to private markets), the rise of ESG and renewable energy projects, including ESG scoring, bond spreads and PE multiples and energy project finance and a review of cases.
  • Commodity Trading
    This day-long workshop is for students to better understand the Commodity Trading Industry. This seminar provides an overview of commodity trading fundamentals, strategies, and organization. Topics include: what a commodity is, what are Futures and Forwards, standardized futures contracts, derivatives, trading strategies, and commodity trading organizations. 
  • Conservation Finance
    Policymakers around the world recognize the potential for natural land area to combat climate change. Environmental conservation relies on raising and managing capital for long term security. This workshop enables participants to understand the “triple bottom line”: environmental, social and economic returns of conservation finance.