Welcome to the Institute for Energy Studies

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University exists to meet the demand for education and training related to human production and use of energy through interdisciplinary programs that combine the fields of science, technology and engineering with economics, business management, public policy, and sustainability.

The Institute for Energy Studies 2017 Energy Symposium will take place April 18, 2017 in Western's Library Reading Room. Our focus this year will be transportation. Watch here for details!


Overview -- WWU Institute for Energy Studies

Craig Dunn - Affiliated Faculty

While economists despair of differentiating between needs and wants, choosing instead to focus on the more generic category of preferences…it could rather easily be argued that energy is essential to the very existence of all species, including ours. Energy de facto fulfills a fundamental need. So…to critically study energy capture/production/distribution/utilization is to equip oneself with an enduring perspective, with knowledge, with skills that are core to life itself—and that thereby make one highly marketable to boot!

Educating the leaders for our clean and efficient energy future through interdisciplinary studies and research.