Planning for a Sustainable Future with Wind, Water and the Sun


Stanford School of Engineering


Learn about transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy and storage. Climate change, air pollution, and energy security are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. Solutions to these problems invariably require a large-scale conversion of our energy infrastructure. In this course, Professor Mark Jacobson provides proven methods and techniques to develop and evaluate strategies for changing the infrastructure at the local, regional, and global levels to provide a healthy and sustainable future. Jacobson is a longtime leader in climate science and the renewable energy transition. Much of the science behind the proposed U.S. legislation called "The Green New Deal" is anchored in Jacobson’s scholarship.

This course was updated in 2020 with information about current solutions including the rise of storage technologies, adoption, and implementation from around the world.

What you will learn

  • Solutions and actions needed to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy and storage
  • Alternative energy solutions and how to rank them in terms of multiple factors, including wind, water, solar, carbon-equivalent emissions, air pollution health impacts, land requirements, water requirements, reliability, and others
  • Wind as a case study for determining the world resource availability and viability of a sustainable energy source
  • The technical feasibility of powering the world and individual regions by considering the account costs, transmission needs, jobs, materials, and tradeoffs of the solutions you are evaluating

More about the topics covered in this course are presented in professor Jacobson's book, "100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything" (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2020)

This course is approximately 3 hours of video content with 1 hour of coursework.

Continuing Education Units

By completing this course, you’ll earn 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). CEUs cannot be applied toward any Stanford degree. CEU transferability is subject to the receiving institution’s policies.


  • $295 per online course


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Instructors: Mark Z. Jacobson
Delivery Option:
Online Course $295.00

Course Access
60 day access to the online course starts upon payment. 

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.