Macomb Community College Announces Renewable Energy Certificate – Macomb Community College (MI) has announced a Renewable Energy Certificate to be launched in fall 2009. Students in the new program will study wind, solar, biomass, geo-thermal and hydrogen fuel cell in a 15 credit hour sequence that can stand alone or be woven into a students’ associate degree program. 87 students have already taken the renewable energy classes the college offered in Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 as a pilot program. Last week, students in the pilot Principles of Solar Energy course spent their class session building and testing miniature solar arrays. The Renewable Energy Certificate is designed so that it can be integrated with related career-focused academic programs at the college. As an example, following one possible option, a student could take a 65-credit course of study at Macomb, which can be accomplished in two years of full-time study, and could graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Maintenance Technology and certificates in both Renewable Energy and Electrical-Industrial Maintenance.
UMassOnline Announces Three New Offerings in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Environmental Public Policy, and a Green Building Professional Development Series – The University of Massachusetts Online has announced three new programs: a concentration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, a graduate certificate Environmental Public Policy, and the Green Building Professional Development Series. The concentration in Sustainable Entrepreneurship will include courses on holistic health, sustainable food and farming, geothermal energy conservation, and green building. The Environmental Public Policy graduate certificate comprises two required and two elective courses, all of which are entirely online. The required courses are: Public Institutions and the Policy Process and Environmental Policy. Electives include Environmental Consequences of Globalization, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and Ocean Policy and Law. Credits earned through the graduate certificate program will be transferable into the University’s Master’s degree in Public Policy anticipated for calendar year 2010. The Green Building Professional Development Series includes courses in Sustainable Building and LEED Certification, Energy Efficient Housing, The Built Environment, Green Building and Indoor Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Sites for Green Building.
City University of Seattle Launches Globally-Focused Sustainable Business MBA – The City University of Seattle (WA) has announced plans to offer a Masters of Business Administration degree in Sustainable Business and a Sustainable Business Graduate Certificate starting in the fall of 2009. Students who are enrolled in the MBA in Sustainable Business program will take the same core classes as the other CityU MBA programs that are available in the U.S., Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. Students will have the opportunity to take their core classes at these international locations during the program, and once the core classes are completed, they can either stay and take their sustainability courses online or come back to the Seattle, Wash. area and take the courses in the classroom. Program emphasis areas are in social and environmental responsibility, marketing in a new economy, environmental accounting, and sustainability and business opportunity.
Highland Community College Completes New Wind Turbine Technician Training Center – The construction of Highland Community College’s newest addition, a 5,500 square foot Wind Turbine Technician Training Center is complete. The center provides the much needed space to house the state’s first Wind Turbine Technician Associate of Applied Science degree. During the ribbon cutting ceremony held June 3, 2009, officials formally opened the facility that includes two dedicated classrooms, a sophisticated hydraulics lab and a large training “shop” that will house the equipment, components and tools needed to complete the Wind Turbine Technician training. The new center is has been fitted with specialized tools through a partnership with Rockford-based Greenlee Textron, Inc. Local participation was key to the successful completion of this project according to officials. Winter Construction of Freeport was the general contractor and R.L. Johnson and Associates was the architect for this project.
University of Wisconsin Extension Creates Online Sustainability Management Degree – The University of Wisconsin-Extension has created an online Sustainable Management Bachelor’s degree, a program designed to provide students with the management skills needed to lead sustainable business strategy. The 63-credit BS degree, which is only available to students who have completed an Associate’s degree or the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree, is an interdisciplinary program that helps students gain a broad understanding of the ways in which business systems, natural systems, and social systems intersect. The curriculum includes courses in Environmental Studies, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Natural Resource Management, Information Systems, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability.
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