Renewable Energy & Ecological Design (BA)

Green Mountain College

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2012
Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Energy
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Completion: 4 years with summers off
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


A new generation of researchers, architects, engineers and builders is looking at the built environment in a whole new way. Excessive energy use and resource consumption are prompting these pioneers to reexamine how we design and build our homes and workplaces. If you are looking for opportunities in the emerging green economy, renewable energy and ecological design present exciting new playing fields. Green Mountain College's new Renewable Energy and Ecological Design certification will help open doors. In the fall of 2009, Green Mountain College introduced the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) certificate, an undergraduate program designed to help students explore the renewable energy and green building fields. Beginning in the fall of 2012, Green Mountain College began offering this program as a full-fledged 42-credit major. This customizable major offers depth of study in renewable energy and ecological design, while allowing students to specialize in a specific area of interest including art, business, and sustainable agriculture. Benefits include: Mentoring by expert GMC faculty and leading practitioners in the EcoDesign and renewable energy fields A hands-on curriculum that allows you to combine theoretical knowledge with engagement in real-world solutions Preparation for a variety of career and graduate school opportunities in renewable system installation, design/build companies and advocacy organizations.

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