Be the Change: Energy

Photo: Alternative Fuels Lab Finding reliable and affordable energy, improving environmental quality and bolstering economic development, JMU students, professors and alumni work across traditional boundaries to power the future. University programs merge applied research with education and outreach, going beyond the challenges of fuel economy to creatively address the economic factors that influence research, development and the implementation of new ideas. Madison's people and programs go beyond technology to the heart of building a better future. These champions of sustainability educate the public and inform decision-makers, demonstrating the need for energy efficient practices and the methods to transition to alternative energy sources.

The Stories ...

A clean alternative

JMU biodisel program JMU's biodiesel program works to provide a clean, non-toxic, biodegradable alternative to diesel fuel while stimulating rural economies ... Read More

Microscopic plant fuels big hopes

JMU research on algae oil JMU researchers see algae oil as a viable alternative to petroleum. The result? Grow algae, clean the air ... Read More

Where the wind blows

Wind turbine A collaborative approach to pinpointing potential wind farm sites ... Read More

Studying abroad in sustainability

JMU's Environmental and Energy Sustainability in Germany study abroad program JMU's Environmental and Energy Sustainability in Germany study abroad program puts students at the center of activity in alternative energy and sustainable industrial systems. Read More

The People ...

  1. Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman

    Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman

    Executive Director, JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World

    Christie-Joy "C.J." Brodrick Hartman is taking Madison beyond "green fads" with the formation of the university's Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World. As executive director of the program, … Read more

  2. Josh Kelaher ('11)

    Josh Kelaher ('11)

    Dingledine Scholar

    Josh has set his sights on being the change, in fact, that's one of the reasons he came to JMU. "I did a project on the international politics behind alternative energy at the end of my junior year in high school … Read more

  3. Maria Papadakis

    Maria Papadakis

    ISAT professor and sustainability educator

    Maria Papadakis defines enthusiasm. Talk to her for two minutes and you'll understand that she is passionate about changing anyone and everyone's mind about environmental responsibility, especially with … Read More

Be the Change! sectors ...

Be the Change
in Energy

Maria Papadakis
ISAT professor and sustainability educator

Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman
Executive Director, JMU Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World

Josh Kelaher ('11)
Dingledine Scholar