West Chester U to Offer Education for Sustainability Certificates
West Chester University's (PA) Professional and Secondary Education department is now offering undergraduate and graduate level education for sustainability certificate programs. The programs develop knowledge, skills, and perspectives in a way that integrates classroom work with outdoor, experiential, and project-based learning. Teachers, community organization leaders, and those interested in sustainability may register.
Frostburg State U Creates Sustainability Studies Minor
Frostburg State University (MD) has created a minor in sustainability studies. The minor is designed to encourage students to explore environmental, economic, and social equity issues relating to sustainability in modern societies. Students will be able to pursue the minor beginning in the fall.
Illinois State U Approves Renewable Energy Degree
Illinois State University has approved a new bachelor’s degree in renewable energy. The degree program is a multi-disciplinary undergraduate major that includes a technical, economics, and public policy sequence. The program will provide an overview of renewable energy industries.
Michigan State U Starts Sustainability Specialization
Michigan State University has announced plans to begin offering an undergraduate specialization in sustainability. The program, which is set to launch this fall, will require 18 credit hours of study, with a core of three required courses and a number of electives.
New Jersey Inst of Tech to Offer Grad Certif in Sustainability
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has announced plans to launch a new 12-credit graduate certificate in sustainability policy and environmental management. Beginning this fall, students will have the option to customize their study plans from a menu of courses that will include sustainability politics and policy, environmental economics and management, environmental communication, environmental law, industrial ecology, and global environmental problems.
Education Corp of America Launches Renewable Energy College
Education Corporation of America has launched the Ecotech Institute, a college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable design, and energy efficiency. The first campus will be located in Aurora (CO), offering seven associate's degrees and a certificate program for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Programs include electrical engineering, energy and environmental paralegal, energy efficiency, environmental technology, renewable energy technology, solar energy technology, sustainable interior design, and wind energy technology.
Gateway Technical College Dedicates Training Propulsion Lab
Gateway Technical College (WI) has dedicated a new Advanced Propulsion Lab. The 12,800-square-foot addition will provide graduates with the opportunity to receive hands-on training, including instruction on green propulsion methods such as hybrid biodiesel and electricity. The lab will consist of four-bay areas. The first bay will be a “green garage” which will use sustainable chemicals and related processes. Another bay will be equipped with torque technology and offer training required for wind industry technicians. Training in other sustainable technologies include learning how to mix biodiesel fuel and learning the intricacies of charging stations for today’s vehicles powered by electricity.
U Wyoming Students Complete Sustainability Projects
Students in a University of Wyoming sustainability class have completed campus sustainability projects. Projects included designing a storage shed on a student farm, creating a system to recycle furniture, installing equipment to reduce energy used by campus vending machines, and conducting research and surveys. The course included students from a wide range of departments.
Washington State U Receives Grant For Clean Energy Courses
Washington State University has received a $2.5 million grant to develop courses to train engineers in clean energy and the smart electric power grid. The University will begin offering courses related to installing a smart grid and producing solar energy, wind energy, and biofuels. The three-year project will allow for the development of an undergraduate certificate, graduate level certificates, and a professional master’s degree in the field of clean energy and smart grid engineering.
Creighton U to Create Renewable Energy Prgm, Install Solar & Wind
Creighton University (NE) has received $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to begin assembling a solar array and four wind turbines across campus. The solar panel installation, which is expected to produce 110 kW, and the construction of the 30-foot wind turbines will be part of a new degree program that will allow students to study the policy, ethics, and science surrounding alternative energy. Students will have opportunities to research the solar array and assist with construction. An additional $1.2 million will fund the development of the curriculum for the degree program. The electricity generated from the solar panels and the wind turbines will be used in the institution's Lied Education Center.
Maharishi U Mgmt Course Plants Edible Forest on Campus
A Permaculture and Design course at Maharishi University of Management (IA) recently crafted and planted an edible food forest on campus. The students planted raspberries, two Asian pear trees, a hedge of service berries and hazelnuts, two paw paw trees, an elderberry tree, comfrey, Egyptian walking onion, and edible perennial flowers.
U Idaho Expands Sustainable Distance Education
Five faculty members from University of Idaho will receive grants totaling $20,000 from the Sustainable Idaho Strategic Initiative to assist in the development of new online courses related to sustainability. The Sustainable Idaho Strategic Initiative is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students whose goal is to infuse sustainability into academic and operational activities at the University of Idaho. Courses will include: The History of Energy, Water-Energy Connections, Principles of Sustainability, and Case Studies in International Environmental Justice. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
Wayne State U Approves Electric Car Engineering Programs
Wayne State University (MI) has approved three academic programs to train electric car engineers. The new programs, scheduled to launch in fall 2010, include a bachelor of science in Electric Transportation Technology, a master of science in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering, and a graduate certificate program in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering, a subset of the master's degree. Students in the programs will learn how to power, put together, design, develop, and promote electric hybrid engines. The new curriculum additions were funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
2 US, 2 Canadian Institutions Announce Masters in Sustainability
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced grants totaling $5.6 million to 10 universities in eight countries to establish new Master’s in Development Practice programs. The University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Davis; the University of Waterloo (ON); and the University of Winnipeg (MB) were the only North American institutions selected. The programs combine training in the natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and management to help practitioners address global challenges such as sustainable development, climate change, and extreme poverty. The universities were selected through a competitive process that included reviews by experts outside the Foundation.
Delta College Announces Global Peace Studies Degree Program
Delta College (MI) has announced a new associate's degree and certificate of achievement in global peace studies. The program will cover some of the complex causes of our world’s major issues, such as war, domestic violence, crime, environmental decline, and poverty. Incorporated into the program are internships, service learning, and national/international travel opportunities.
Saint Michael's College Approves Major, Minor in Env'l Studies
The Saint Michael's College (VT) Board of Trustees has approved a new major and minor in environmental studies. The program will focus on the environment from the perspective of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Students choosing environmental studies as a major will select one of these areas to fulfill specific requirements including a self-designed concentration carried out through a research project.
Student Leaders Submit Letter to Congress for Green Jobs Training
A group of more than 100 university and college student government presidents submitted a letter today urging Congress to launch a national program for clean energy science and engineering education. The presidents – representing more than one million American students –warned Congress that advanced energy education is critical for U.S. leadership in the global clean energy industry. The letter, organized by Americans for Energy Leadership and the Associated Students of Stanford University (CA), calls on Congress to support the RE-ENERGYSE (“Regaining our Energy Science & Engineering Edge”) proposal, which would invest tens of millions of dollars annually in energy science and engineering education programs at universities, technical and community colleges, and K-12 schools. It was originally proposed by President Obama in April 2009 and is currently under consideration in Congress as part of the Department of Energy’s 2011 budget request.
Ecotech Institute Announces College Focused on Renewable Energy
The Education Corporation of America, an owner of private higher education institutions in the U.S., has announced the launch of Ecotech Institute, a college focused entirely on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. Ecotech Institute launched its first campus in Aurora, Colorado, offering seven associate's degrees and a certificate program for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Once its flagship campus is fully established, Ecotech plans to expand across the U.S. to help fuel rapidly-growing industries in the clean energy sector.
Gateway CC Launches Sustainability Studies Certificate
Gateway Community College (CT) has launched a new certificate in sustainability studies. The new professional development courses may be taken together to earn a certificate, or individually. Available courses include sustainable business and economic development, green technologies for the new economy, understanding green employment and living, and home energy savers career awareness program.
U Idaho Launches Grad Prgm in Natural Resources & Env'l Science
The University of Idaho has launched a new Professional Science Master’s program in natural resources and environmental science. The PSM, which is designed for completion in 18 months, combines advanced science and math skills with training in areas like project management, communications, ethics and leadership. Students will enroll in one of nine program tracks related to topics like sustainability science, fire ecology, water resources management and climate change. In addition to this focused science curriculum, students will take a series of transferable skills courses, and complete both an internship and research project to gain hands-on experience applying what they have learned.
U Michigan, Harvard U Profs Awarded for Green Business Curriculum
The University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business has awarded its second annual D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. The competition is designed to encourage and support efforts to introduce or substantially upgrade sustainability courses and/or associated coursework into the curriculum of business schools, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Andrew J. Hoffman of the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Dr. Michael W. Toffel and Dr. Forest L. Reinhardt of the Harvard University Business School were each noted as Grand Prize winners. Hoffman's course syllabus, “Green Construction & Design,” was selected for the innovative way in which it examines sustainability from the perspectives of design, construction, and environment. Toffel's and Reinhardt's graduate-level course, “Business and the Environment,” was selected because it represents an exemplary case-based curriculum for educating future business leaders on the impact of environmental considerations on business strategy.
Dept of Energy Announces $100M for Smart Grid Workforce Training
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy is announcing award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries. These projects will leverage more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities, and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs. The award selections will support two types of workforce training initiatives - developing and enhancing workforce training programs for the electric power sector and smart grid workforce training.
Michigan State U Students Auction Green Evening Gowns
Students from the "Special Topics: Innovative Approaches in Apparel Design" course at Michigan State University have been invited by Avatar producer and director James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron in Nashville for "Southern Shores," a fundraising fashion show and auction. Students designed and sewed gowns made from repurposed and or eco-friendly materials. For example, one dress, with a value of $2,200, was made from a repurposed cotton-polyester blend, and two other gowns were made from recycled and repurposed plastic bags. In related news, Amis Cameron wore an eco-friendly dress designed by MSU senior Jillian Granz to the Academy Awards as part of the global "Red Carpet Green Dress" competition, which challenges designers age 18 and up to create a dress make from repurposed or recycled materials.
York College Adds Sustainability & Environmental Studies Minor
York College (PA) has announced a new minor in sustainability and environmental studies that will launch this fall. The program will focus on sustaining resources and will teach students to consider how humans can prevent or lessen the negative impact made on natural resources and the environment based on decisions made in their respective fields.
Edgewood College Introduces Grad Certificate in Sustainability
Edgewood College (WI) is pleased to announce its new Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program. Participants in the program will join a cohort of working professionals in non-profit, government and corporate management, economic development, planning and design, education, facilities management, public health, and energy and utilities to explore systems thinking, ethical leadership, ecological design, natural capitalism, and sustainability indicators. Students will work with instructors and mentors to apply these concepts to real-world projects in their organizations and communities. The first cohort in the Program will begin coursework in August 2010.
Grand Rapids CC to Offer Wind Farm Safety Certification
Grand Rapids Community College (MI) has signed a licensing agreement with Spain-based Ynfiniti Engineering Services (YES) and United Kingdom-based Safety Technology authorizing GRCC to become the first United States training center to offer the globally recognized YES/ Safety Technology (YST) safety certification program for the wind energy industry. GRCC will serve as the North American training hub for YST program instructors and the Great Lakes hub for individuals seeking certification. GRCC will begin offering the 80-hour certification program in May. Students will learn fall protection, OSHA rules regarding working in confined spaces, and what they need to do to rescue themselves and others if they get in trouble on the site.
Ramapo College Announces MA in Sustainability Studies
Ramapo College of New Jersey has announced a new Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies degree. Beginning in Fall 2010, the College will welcome its first class to the program, which will equip students to work in a diverse range of fields, including planning, policy, and design. Students will learn how to apply sustainability in a variety of institutional, organizational, cultural, commercial, professional, and geographical contexts. The two-year program is based exclusively on evening classes. Prospective students include those from the fields of social science, business, science, engineering, and liberal and fine arts.
Stanford U Students Campaign for Sustainability in the Curriculum
A group of students at Stanford University (CA) have begun a campaign to include sustainability as a topic area in Stanford's "Education for Citizenship" (EC) general education requirement. EC mandates that undergraduates take classes in two of four designated areas: ethical reasoning, global community, American cultures, and gender studies. Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS), the group that has helped develop the initiative, is working to develop a proposal and plans to present it to faculty for feedback.
Boston Architectural College Announces Green MLA
The Boston Architectural College (MA) has announced the addition of a Master of Landscape Architecture Program. The five year professional degree and the School of Landscape Architecture will provide outreach and support to the greater Boston area through research programs that focus on emerging design issues in innovative interdisciplinary projects that enhance neighborhood and community sustainability and develop new knowledge that prepares the next generation of design professionals.
Furman U Announces Grad Diploma in Corporate Sustainability
Furman University (SC) has announced plans to offer a new graduate diploma in corporate sustainability starting this fall. The intensive, five-session course, offered by Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, will offer a broad overview of sustainability as well as a detailed review of major practices in sustainability. It will also identify the sustainable business strategies that offer the most effective return on investment and demonstrate how sustainability can become an ongoing strategic business practice.
U Massachusetts Lowell Announces Environmental Health Program
The University of Massachusetts, Lowell has announced plans to offer a new bachelor of science degree in environmental health starting this fall. Students in the program will study the effects of the environment on human health and of human activities on the environment, and ways to address those impacts. The degree program will begin with 10 to 15 students and grow to about 60 over four years, according to the university. It will be open to both first-year students and those transferring from other programs at the university or other institutions.
U Vermont Concludes Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program
The University of Vermont has culminated the first year of its Sustainability Faculty Fellow program, which supports faculty across a range of disciplines who want to infuse sustainability themes and content into their teaching. Throughout the year, fellows met over two lunches during the fall and participated in an intensive two-day seminar in January. They also exchanged emails and posts on the group's dedicated Blackboard site. The Sustainability Faculty Fellows program grew out of AASHE's Sustainability Across the Curriculum Leadership Workshop.
Antioch U New England Launches Green MBA
Antioch University New England has launched a new accelerated MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability. The 12-month program includes consulting projects, field-study trips, and a hands-on internship. The green MBA considers not only sustainable business practices, economics, and finance, but also the natural environment, leadership, systems thinking, and collaboration. The program prepares graduates for a variety of business-related roles while emphasizing organizational and environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Catholic U Introduces Masters in Nuclear Environmental Protection
The Catholic University of America (DC) has announced plans to offer a new Master of Science in Nuclear Environmental Protection program that will prepare graduates for careers in nuclear power. CUA’s one-year degree program, which can also be completed part time in two to three years, focuses on the nuclear fuel cycle, waste management, and environmental protection. Degree recipients will be trained for jobs related to the new nuclear powers plants now being proposed for construction. The degree program is open to applicants with a science or engineering background, including working professionals in industry or government agencies such as the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Navy’s nuclear program. The program’s courses will be offered in the late afternoon and evening in order to be accessible for working professionals.
Lanier Technical College Students Install Solar Panels
Students from Lanier Technical College's (GA) Entry Level Solar Photovoltaic Installer Program have installed solar panels on a simulated roof located at the institution's new Solar Photovoltaic Installation Training Lab. The lab was made possible by donations from corporate partners.
Antioch U Los Angeles Offers New Masters of Urban Sustainability
Antioch University, Los Angeles (CA) has created a new Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability. Students in the program will study a range of topics including urban ecosystem science, urban planning and policy, activism and advocacy, urban environmental education, program evaluation, conflict resolution and mediation, sustainable practice, and research methods. The 36 credit graduate program will begin in the Fall of 2010.
Lawrence Tech U Announces Green Architectural Engineering Program
Lawrence Technological University (MI) has announced a five-year program that combines a bachelor's and master's degree in architectural engineering. The curriculum of the MS in Architectural Engineering will allow graduates of the program, who will be qualified to become licensed engineers, to be prepared to take leadership roles in the rapidly expanding field of sustainable building design.
U Michigan Launches Sustainability Scholars Program
The University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute has launched the Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars Program. Each year, the program will accept 25 high-performing undergraduate students, who will pursue a 10-credit series of interdisciplinary courses focused on sustainability. After successful completion of the program, students will receive a “Sustainability Scholars” certificate from the Graham Institute to acknowledge their achievement. Upon graduation, they also will receive a special notation on their U-M transcripts designating this scholastic accomplishment. U-M students apply to the program during their sophomore year for participation beginning in their junior year.
U Minnesota Morris Receives Grant for Green Curriculum
The Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace–Alliance for Talent Development (MNREM) initiative has awarded the University of Minnesota, Morris an $85,000 grant to deliver and expand curriculum in biomass gasification technology. As a result, the institution will offer an intensive three-week course to undergraduates and working adults.
Kern CCD Awarded Grant to Train Alternative Energy Technicians
Kern Community College District (CA) has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The $2.7 million grant will be used to fund new alternative energy technician training programs. Students will be trained as technicians in wind and two types of solar energy.
Virginia Tech Announces Executive Master of Natural Resources
Virginia Tech has announced a new Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program that focuses on leadership for sustainability. The XMNR program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals interested in career advancement. The accelerated 18-month program includes a series of core and special topics courses that meet one weekend per month culminating in a 10-day international residency. The curriculum emphasizes the development of advanced management and administration skills, typical of M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs, but with a focus on leadership for sustainability. Pre-assessment forms are now being accepted for the first cohort of 15-25 students who will begin the program in September 2010.
Aquinas College Announces Sustainable Business Certificate
Aquinas College (MI) has announced a new certificate in sustainable business. The certificate will teach students about energy conservation, corporate social responsibility, cap and trade, and the triple bottom line. Those that qualify can take the courses for free through the state's no worker left behind program.
Emory U Announces Sustainability Minor
Emory University (GA) has announced plans to launch a sustainability minor this fall. The new minor, which will be an undergraduate program offered through the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, will require the completion of two core courses and four electives. The courses that count toward the sustainability minor will be interdisciplinary; requirements can be satisfied through several departments, including anthropology and economics. Students minoring in sustainability must also complete a personal portfolio that will showcase a compilation of their projects throughout the program and allow them to reflect on their experiences. In addition, students must participate in a capstone experience, such as field research or study abroad programs.
Pellissippi State CC Offers Renewable Energy Class Series
Pellissippi State Community College (TN) has begun offering new classes in its Green/Renewable Energy Series offered through the College's Business and Community Services Division. The students in these classes come from the Empowerment Zone of Knoxville, an area with high poverty and unemployment rates. The green energy series is funded by an Empowerment Zone grant that the college received from the city of Knoxville.
U Oregon Class Develops Green Urban Renewal Proposals
A University of Oregon class has unveiled six development plans for the City of Gresham, Oregon's urban renewal district's Catalyst Project, also called the Cultural Marketplace. The students' work was presented as part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, which teams UO graduate students with the City of Gresham to help shape a more sustainable future for the city. A total of 250 students from the university’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts are taking part in the yearlong collaboration.
U Oregon Sustainability Prgm Offers Continuing Ed for Lawyers
The University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program has partnered with the UO School of Law Green Business Initiative to create a new professional development opportunity for attorneys and legal staff. Legal practitioners can now access OSB continuing legal education credit in the areas of financial reporting, green building design and operations, ecosystem services, public-private partnerships, and risk analysis. Other areas of professional development may also provide assistance to attorneys and staff in the areas of sustainability planning, team building, procurement, energy efficiency, climate action planning, and transportation strategies.The program stems from the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors' recent approval of the formation of a new Sustainable Futures Section.
U South Florida Launches School of & MA in Global Sustainability
The University of South Florida has launched its School of Global Sustainability and its Masters of Arts in Global Sustainability. The School unites USF’s researchers in water, clean and renewable energy, climate change, coastal environments, human health, and sustainable cities in programs which recognize the worldwide challenges to creating sustainable systems. Its first degree program, a master’s in global sustainability, will initially focus on water with other concentrations being developed in such themes as food security and health, natural environments, gender, ethnicity and class, global citizenry, climate change, coastal wetlands, the history of sustainable communities and megacities. The degree will prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. The program will allow for the integration of various disciplines such as basic, natural, and social sciences, engineering, health, economics, governance and policy, and issues of diversity.
Green Mountain College Announces Sustainable Ag Major
Green Mountain College (VT) announced the creation of a new Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production major for the fall 2010 semester. The new major will be based at Cerridwen Farm, the College's 22-acre working farm, with office and classroom space at the adjacent Solar Harvest Center. Students will learn about agriculture and food systems presented through the lenses of history, anthropology, the natural sciences, philosophy, business, economics, and art.
U California Berkeley Courses Approved by USGBC
The University of California, Berkeley Extension has been approved by the U.S. Green Building Council as an official Education Provider. Approved offerings include courses in solar, sustainable construction, renewable energy, transportation, clean technology, and sustainability leadership and management. Individuals that take these courses can earn credit towards LEED Professional Credentialing Maintenance.
Salt Lake CC to Offer Associate's in Energy Management
The Utah Board of Regents has approved an Associate of Applied Science Degree in energy management at Salt Lake Community College's Green Academy. The degree will train students on how to install renewable energy technologies, as well as how to take advantage of tax incentives and rebates. The program requires 67 credits, 26 of which are in a specialty area.