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CEE 107R/207R: Extreme Energy Efficiency


CEE 107R/207R • Winter Quarter 2021 • 3 Units • Basalt, CO

"The course exceeded my expectations. It was a very worthy and valuable way to spend spring break. The elements of total immersion not only with the course material but with the fellow students was of unexpectedly high value." - Student, 2018

A Unique and Rewarding Extreme Energy Efficiency Experience

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center in Basalt, CO

Winter Quarter 2021, Remote

Wednesdays 5:30PM-8:20PM PT (January 11-March 19, 10 class sessions) 

2021 Course Flyer and Course Syllabus

Course Syllabi from 2019, in person and from 2020, remote

Check out the Stanford News article about the success of delivering our virtual 2020 course during the COVID-19 pandemic here!

This year's course will be held remotely during winter quarter on Wednesdays from 5:30PM-8:20PM PT, rather than a six-day course during spring break. There will also be no application this year, as we can accomodate all interested students! We are excited to have this experiential learning course with world-renowned Amory Lovins, from Rocky Mountain Institute, and Dr. Holmes Hummel, founder Clean Energy Works. We hope you will join us! 

We are currently finalizing details, and will have the syllabus and course on Explore Courses soon. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Questions? Contact Bianca Patel, the Program Manager for Explore Energy, at

Course Description

Be part of a unique course about extreme energy efficiency and integrative design! We wil meet remotely for once a week throughout the winter quarter. The course will focus on efficiency techniques’ design, performance, choice, evolution, integration, barrier-busting, profitable business-led implementation, and implications for energy supply, competitive success, environment, development, security, etc. Examples will span very diverse sectors, applications, issues, and disciplines, covering different energy themes throughout the quarter: buildings, transportation, industry, and implementation and implications, including renewable energy synergy and integration.

Solid technical grounding and acquaintance with basic economics and business concepts will both be helpful. The course will be composed of keynote lectures, exercises, and interactive puzzlers synthesizing integrative design principles. Students will be introduced to Factor 10 Engineering, the approach for optimizing the whole system for multiple benefits. Students will work closely and interactively with RMI staff including Amory Lovins, cofounder and Chief Scientist of RMI, and Dr. Holmes Hummel, founder of Clean Energy Works. Exercises will illuminate challenges RMI has faced and solutions it has created in real-world design. Students will explore clean-sheet solutions that meet end-use demands and optimize whole-system resource efficiency, often with expanding rather than diminishing returns to investments, i.e. making big savings cheaper than small ones.

Students will also get to tour Amory Lovins's famous energy efficient home in Snowmass, CO - and check out his indoor greenhouse / banana crop!

"Engaging, intense, informative, exhausting at times, wonderful, completely worthwhile" -Student, 2020

Who should apply?

  • You want to get deep into energy efficiency / engineering design for the whole system
  • You want to be inspired by working with some of the greatest minds in energy efficiency
  • You are passionate about solving energy-related issues through energy efficiency
  • You have completed one of the following required prerequisite courses (or an equivalent):
  • Undergraduates and Graduates of any major or background

Details (N/A Winter Quarter 2021)

There will be one lecture by Amory Lovins on campus during winter quarter, along with some readings and homework to complete before spring break. Students will meet with the Stanford teaching team once during the winter quarter to discuss logistics and preparation requirements.

We encourage you to plan some extra time before or after the course to enjoy the Roaring Fork Valley area - for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Students often coordinate a ski trip together for the weekend after the course, since we are located only 30 minutes from the four Aspen Snowmass ski mountains!


E^3: Extreme Energy Efficiency Class of 2019, outside Amory Lovins's home

 Extreme Energy Efficiency Class of 2019, outside Amory Lovins's home