This program allows students to develop their talents and skills as applied scientists, entrepreneurs, business managers, and planners in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related responses to climate change. Emphasis is placed on practical skills based on solid general theory, understanding and employing technology, practical implementation and related accounting for costs and benefits. Students learn to evaluate and implement emerging technologies as well as design, quantify, and account for programs of energy efficiency and climate emission reductions. Remunerative and useful employment for these skills can be found at different scales and sectors of society: governmental and scientific research; in industry and private businesses; and in communities or individual households via contracting or energy auditing. Upon graduation, students may choose work in the emerging job market either in the government or in the private sector. If the student would like to pursue a graduate degree, he or she will be poised as a competitive candidate to enter programs in business or science.
Sustainable Energy Management Students are involved in:
- Renewable Energy
- Green Building
- Carbon Footprint Reduction
Community Wind Assessment Program. Unity College works with Efficiency Maine and Maine Rural Partners to assess the wind potential on farms and in communities. Students install wind anemometer towers and analyze the results so farmers and citizens can make informed decisions.
Neighbor Warming Neighbor. Through this program students use the town of Unity as a living laboratory to learn to weatherize homes—everything from working with professional energy advisors to diagnose heat loss to air sealing. Through a recent grant, students worked with a committee to develop a new weatherization incentive program that is now a model used statewide.
Solar Energy Design. Unity College has a long history of involving its students in solar energy, from modern solar hot water panels on TerraHaus to refurbishing the panels President Carter put on the White House to our newly installed 144 panel array on Thomashow Labs and the library. Students recently hosted visitors on campus for the National Solar Tour to help others learn about solar energy.
TerraHaus and Unity House. TerraHaus is the first college residence in America to be certified a Passive House, meaning it uses less than 10% of the energy needed by similarly sized homes in our area. Students studying green building log onto the house’s energy monitoring system where we continue to learn to improve its design. Unity House is a net zero home, the first LEED Platinum certified president’s residence. Both have earned numerous awards. See our blog for more information: www.terrahaus.wordpress.com.
Carbon Footprint Reduction. Unity College monitors its carbon footprint closely, and we have the lowest carbon footprint per student of any college we know! Students in the SEM program continue help us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Check out the department blogs to see more of what is happening in Sustainable Energy Management on the Unity College campus: