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Sustainability programs provide a broad understanding of the natural world and how it relates to the built environment. Subject matter ranges from horticulture and environmental sciences to construction and engineering, including instruction on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional certification. Coursework prepares students for a wide range of occupations related to sustainability and covers fundamental environmental issues affecting contemporary lifestyle and workforce trends.

Associate Transfer Degrees

The Sustainability program offers two transfer degrees in Sustainability:

  • Sustainability (Policy and Social Aspects) A.A. (Plan 13AB)
  • Sustainability (Science and Technical Aspects) A.S. (Plan 11AB)

View the transfer program requirements in the catalog (PDF).

Career Program Certificates

Alternative Energy Technologies Certificate (Plan 24EN)

This certificate provides entry level technical instruction on wind, solar and geothermal energy sources. Courses in this certificate may also apply to certificates specific to solar, wind or geothermal energy technologies.

The wind energy producing industry estimates it alone will need 180,000 additional workers. Similar estimates are being made by the solar industry. These jobs include installation, manufacturing, supply chain management, operation and maintenance.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and its counterpart for solar energy are establishing educational guidelines for workers in these fields. Major corporations and government laboratories such as GE, Siemens, Vestas, Hatch, ZF, Gamesa, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Sandia Laboratories and many others are working towards meeting our national energy independence goal.

View the career program requirements in the catalog (PDF).

"A reliable alternative energy industry requires a fully trained and reliable work force," said Fred Scheu, former chair of Electrical Engineering Technology.

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