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ASU Students Propose Plans To Help Tempe Renewable Energy Initiative

Supported by Intel

Last month, the Tempe City Council voted to go 100 percent renewable by 2035. Not an easy, or a cheap, task. But it turns out, they’re getting a little help along the way from a class of Arizona State University students.

A group of engineering in ASU’s Professional Science master’s program and business students from the W.P. Carey School at ASU in a recent intellectual fusion class used their combined powers to develop some of the strategies the city could use to meet their goal.

It all came about after Ronald Roedel, director of the Professional Science Masters Program in solar energy, engineering and commercialization, pitched the idea to Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and Councilwoman Lauren Kuby.

The class was split into eight groups — four business students and one engineering student per group — and each developed a part of the final plan. At the end of the semester they presented their ideas to the city of Tempe.

The Show talked with Roedel recently about how the students looked at the ways in which Tempe can use renewable energy here, but also the ways in which the city can afford to use renewable energy and how it shaped their final plans.

Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.