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Etcheverry, Jose

Etcheverry, Jose


Etcheverry, Jose

Associate Professor

Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI)

Director, International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA)

PhD Geography , University of Toronto
MA Geography & Environmental Studies , University of Toronto
BA (Honours) Geography & Environmental Studies , York University

Climate Change Mitigation; International & National Renewable Energy Policies; Rural Electrification; Educational & Capacity Development Networks; New Media & Communications.

For 2020-2021 my work is focused on addressing the climate change crisis by developing –locally and internationally— an ecosystem of innovation focused on providing new practical opportunities for those interested in designing and implementing paradigm-shifting climate change solutions.

To achieve the above, I have joined the Board of Governors and the Senate of York University where I focus on achieving a carbon-free university that can provide a world-class destination to enable learning by doing on how to solve the climate change emergency declared by the Canadian Federal Government.


As Director of the International Renewable Energy Academy my focus for 2020-2021 is to expand our three solar labs at York University and develop new locations internationally to provide new experiential learning and research opportunities focused on electric mobility, storage, renewable energy and leadership strategies to citizens of the 200 countries that want to solve climate change.

In addition, my research for 2020-2021 focuses on developing the work on carbon pricing markets started by the CLPC during its meeting in New Delhi and on creating new research opportunities to advance our international work on achieving 100% renewable energy and new efforts to achieve carbon-free campuses.

The world needs a new ecosystem of innovation and experiential learning focused on implementing climate change solutions at all educational levels –and in as many countries as possible— if you want to make that goal happen please contact me to set an appointment to explore how we can collaborate.


  • York University President’s Sustainability Leadership Award
  • 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

2020 Bensebaa, F. and Etcheverry, J. Electricity Generation: Sources, Operations and Environmental Impact. N/A. Electricity Generation: Sources, Operations and Environmental Impact. In Press, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, United States.

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).

2020 Etcheverry, J. and López-Vallejo Olvera, M. Chapter 11: Electricidad renovable: Experiencias internacionales hacia la seguridad energética sustentable. Viridiana Vargas. Estrategias para Avanzar las Energías Renovables en México. In Press, Secretaria de Energia, Mexico.

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.

Journal Articles

2017 Etcheverry, J. et al. Stimulating a Canadian narrative for climate, FACETS, a multidisciplinary open access journal, February 14, 2017. 

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.