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Etcheverry, Jose


Etcheverry, Jose

Associate Professor

Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI)

Business and Environment Coordinator

BA Hons (Geography & Environmental Studies) , York
MA (Geography & Environmental Studies) , Toronto
PhD (Geography) , Toronto

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.


Currently as Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, I am working on efforts to advance the Global Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy in key cities in Canada and internationally. 

More specifically, we are developing with the best national and international partners the new International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) which will provide unique opportunities based on experiential learning. IREA will be held June 19-23 2017 at York University and Oxford County (Oxford County is Ontario's first community aiming to achieve 100% renewable energy and zero waste).    

For 2017-2018, I am focusing my research on climate change mitigation strategies, storage solutions for renewable energy, transportation and renewable energy, and sustainable energy development at York University. As an example, I am part of the Scientific Committee of the International Renewable Energy Storage Conference that is held every year in Dusseldorf, Germany.

During the year 2017-2018, I am also working with the Work in a Warming World (W3) project on Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change and with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium


  • Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation Teaching Excellence Award
  • Centennial College Alumnus of Distinction
  • Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award
  • Mexican Government Ministry of Foreign Relations Scholarship
  • University of Toronto Open Fellowship
  • Labbatt Award

Selected Publications


Book Chapters

2014 Etcheverry, J. Chapter 33: Implementing Practical Pedagogical Strategies for the Widespread Adoption of Renewable Energy. In Alsop, S. and Bencze, L. (editors). Activist Science & Technology Education. (Toronto: Springer Press).

2013 Etcheverry, J. Chapter 11: Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Paradigm Shifting in Ontario, Canada. In Krenz. A., Maegaard, P. and Palz, W. (editors). Wind Power for the World: International Reviews and Developments. (Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing).

2013 Etcheverry, J. Research and Development Cooperation in North America: New Approaches to Climate Mitigation: Collaborative Strategies for Developing Renewable Energy in North America. In Craik, N., I. Studer, I. and D. VanNijnatten (editors). Climate Change Policy in North America: Designing Integration in a Regional System. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press Publishing).

2012 Etcheverry, J. Chapter 5: Increasing Local Resilience and Prosperity: Harnessing Renewable Energy in Ontario. In MacRae, R. and  E. Abergel (editors). Advancing Sustainability and Health in the Canadian food system: New spaces for Policy Advocacy and Civil Society. (Vancouver: UBC Press).

2012 Bensebaa, F. and J. Etcheverry. Strategies to Increase the Viability of Power Generation using Renewable Energy Sources. In M.J. Acosta (editor). Advances in Energy Research, Volume 10 (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.)

2012 Adler, R., J. Etcheverry, A. Kenny, C. Hallmich, J. Lazar, R.M. Meyer, R. Newmark, J. Peace, J. A. Suhr Pierce and S. Yamasaki. Chapter 13: North America (Renewable energy policies options for North America), chapter commissioned by United Nations Environment Program UNEP) for publication in the UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook-5 (GEO-5), 349-372.

2012 Barr, J., L. Coppens, N. Dronin, J. Etcheverry, A. El-Sammak, L. Li, C. Mafuta, C. P. McMullen, F. Rovia and J. Kamiche Zegarra Chapter 15: Policy Options: Regional Summary, chapter commissioned by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for publication in the UNEP’s Environmental Outlook-5 (GEO-5), 399-416.

2008 Etcheverry, J. Chapter 10: Renewable Energy in Gore, C. and Stoett, P. (editors). Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local–Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues. Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2016 Craig, D.; Etcheverry, J. and Ferris, S. Mexico's Telesecundaria Program and equitable access to resources. McGill Journal of Education, 51 (1), 657-665.

2013 Mulvihill, P., M. Winfield and J. Etcheverry. Strategic environmental assessment and advanced renewable energy in Ontario: Moving forward or blowing the wind? Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Vol. 15, No. 2 (June 2013), Imperial College Press, 19 pages.

2012 Etcheverry, J. Sustainable deployment of photovoltaics: What is wrong with current policy and technology focus? The Electricity Journal. Volume 25, Issue 2, March, 24–31.

2011 Etcheverry, J. 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.

2005 Etcheverry, J. Smart electricity options. Alternatives Journal 31 (1) 32-36.

Refereed Compendium

2011 Etcheverry, J. 8.1 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. (pp 441-444). Special Report commissioned by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) for the 4th Edition of the WWEA Yearbook. Wind Energy International 2011/12. Bonn: WWEA.

Additional Publications

2014  REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network. Renewables 2014: Global Status Report. (Paris: REN21 Secretariat).