Vermont Tech Adds Three Sustainable Design and Technology Degree Programs

17 Nov 2013

Randolph, Vt. — The growing fields of sustainable design and technology are quickly developing in the state of Vermont and beyond, and Vermont Tech is pleased to announce the addition of three expanded Bachelor of Science degrees to educate students in these innovative areas. Enrolling first-year students for the fall of 2014, the new degrees are Green Building Design, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Land Use. These degrees are designed to prepare students to secure meaningful work in these technical fields or pursue graduate studies.

“The development of these three degrees provides expert preparation for students in a series of cross-disciplinary and growing technical fields,” said President of Vermont Tech, Dr. Philip Conroy. “Graduates of these programs will have the skills and expertise to develop into industry leaders or continue their education in a master’s degree program.”

The curriculum for the expanded Sustainable Design and Technology degrees emphasizes the application of sustainable technologies in service to a vibrant and adapting economy. The Green Building Design degree focuses on the design of buildings and communities that can power themselves without the use of fossil fuels, using efficient and innovative technologies to harness the energy of the sun, earth and wind.

The Renewable Energy degree integrates studies in engineering, technology, science and business to prepare graduates to design, implement and manage renewable energy systems and similar technologies. Students learn to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, model system performance, utilize data acquisition tools and integrate energy systems into landscapes, buildings and communities.

The Sustainable Land Use degree prepares graduates to design and manage land use projects through the combined studies of engineering, technology, science and business. Students learn to evaluate natural and cultural resources, perform site assessments, design conserved land and residential/commercial development projects, model system performance, utilize data acquisition tools, and integrate sustainability into land use and human practice.

“As Vermont continues to position itself as a leader in sustainable technologies and design, Vermont Tech is proud to be able to provide the practical education our workforce and economy needs,” noted Conroy.

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About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at five nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.