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Jose Etcheverry

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Faculty of Environmental Studies

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



"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"
Paulo Freire

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.

For 2010-2011 I am also focusing on initiatives to help improve the exemplary renewable energy programs that are now in place in Ontario and also in research aimed at developing and promoting new climate change mitigation strategies and renewable energy initiatives in key countries of the Americas.

Other positions/affiliations

  • Chair Member, World Council for Renewable Energy
  • Board Member, Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Windfall Ecology Center
  • Board Member, REAP-Canada

Select prizes and awards

  • Centennial College Alumnus of Distinction, 2007
  • Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, 2003
  • Mexican Government Ministry of Foreign Relations, 2000 Scholarship
  • University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1996-2002
  • Labbatt Award, 1999-2001

Select publications

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

Recent research contributions

REN21. (2010). Renewables 2010: Global Status Report. Paris: REN21 Secretariat. Available at

Electricity Distributors Association. (2009). Building Sustainable Communities: The Danish Experience. Documentary available at

Etcheverry, J., O’Malley, L. and Taylor, L. (2009). Ontario’s Road Map to Prosperity: Developing Renewable Energy to its Full Potential. Research Paper written for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Etcheverry, J. and Riahi, L. (2008). IRENA - Joining ForcesRenewable Energy World Magazine, 11 (6).