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"The essential content in any educational program – whether on syntax, biology, physics, mathematics, or the social sciences – is that which makes possible discussions of the mutable nature of natural reality, as well as of history, and which sees men and women as beings capable not only of adapting to the world but above all of changing it"
Areas of Academic Interest
- Climate Change Mitigation
- International and National Renewable Energy Policies
- Rural Electrification
- Educational and Capacity Development Networks
- New Media and Communications
My work is focused on developing practical policy solutions to climate change through collaborative efforts. I am particularly interested in strategies to develop all renewable energy sources to their full potential and in finding new ways to communicate effectively about solutions to climate change and energy problems.
During my work outside of academia I have observed first hand the growing need for professionals with better training to address environmental problems. That is why I decided to join FES and become part of an outstanding group of people which are in the unique position to collaborate in the education of the next generations of problem-solvers and innovators.
Major research projects
Currently I am actively engaged in the development of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, a new research and training effort that involves the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, the Energy Institute of Centennial College and leading international organizations such as Aalborg University and the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy.
For 2012, I am focusing on developing the International Renewable Energy Agency's Learning Partnership (details at www.irelp.org), contributing to the success of the RETScreen International Training Institute (details at http://www.retscreen.net/ang/training_institute.php) and analyzing the potential for sustainable energy at York University.
- Chair Member, World Council for Renewable Energy
- President and Board Member, Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance
- Member, Board of Directors of the Windfall Ecology Center
Select prizes and awards
- Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
- Centennial College Alumnus of Distinction, 2007
- Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, 2003
- Mexican Government Ministry of Foreign Relations Scholarship, 2000
- University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1996-2002
- Labbatt Award, 1999-2001
Etcheverry, J. (2012) A sustainable deployment of photovoltaics: What is wrong with current policy and technology focus? The Electricity Journal, 25 (2), 24-31.
Etcheverry, J. (2011). New climate protection, energy security, and employment creation strategies for Latin and North America based on renewable energy collaboration. Latin American Policy, 2 (1), 43-57.Etcheverry, J. (2011). Developing Local Capacity, Training and Education to their Full Potential: Current and Potential Roles of the International Renewable Energy Agency and the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism. Special Report commissioned by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) for the fourth edition of the WWEA Yearbook. Wind Energy International 2011/2012. Bonn: WWEA. Available at www.wwindea.org
Etcheverry, J. (2009). Desarrollo pleno de las energías renovables en chile: seguridad energética, prosperidad e innovación en Cuadernos de Difusión: Centro de Estudios Internacionales de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Etcheverry, J. (2008). Chapter 10: Renewable Energy. In Gore, C and Stoett, P. Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local–Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications.
Etcheverry, J. (2005). Smart electricity options. Alternatives Journal 31 (1) 32-36.
Etcheverry, J et al. (2004). Smart Generation: Powering Ontario with Renewable Energy. Vancouver: David Suzuki Foundation. Available at http://www.davidsuzuki.org.
Recent research contributions
Etcheverry, J. and Goodall, C. (2011). Is nuclear power necessary for a carbon free future? New Internationalist (June 2011), 34-36.
Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). The Danish Experience. Audiovisual documentary available at EDA’s site and Markham District Energy site: http://www.eda-on.ca/eda/edaweb.nsf/0/A1DE8B467BFAC7AB85257657007288BD