The Renewable Energy & Ecological Design major is a unique, innovative program that integrates the study of energy and ecological design-thinking in conjunction with the College’s Sustainable Liberal Arts experience, providing the skills and knowledge for graduates to excel in the emerging green economy, with an emphasis on social and environment sustainability for human and non-human systems.
REED Majors & Minors
- Bachelor of Arts in Renewable Energy & Ecological Design
- Certificate in Renewable Energy & Ecological Design
- Catalog Program Description
A new generation of researchers, architects, engineers and builders is looking at the design process in a whole new way. Excessive energy use, resource consumption, environmental degradation, and social wellbeing are prompting these pioneers to reexamine how we design and build our energy systems, communities, homes and workplaces. If you are looking for opportunities in the emerging green economy, renewable energy and ecological design-thinking present exciting new playing fields. Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design certification will help open doors.
You’ll learn about and apply ecological design strategies using both mind and hands, and develop a comprehensive understanding of energy use and the pathways to a clean energy future. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum provides a high degree of flexibility, allowing students to adopt one of four concentration areas or develop a concentration in their area of interest through the self-design option.
Skills-focused classes in the well-equipped fabrication facility, design exploration in the dedicated studio, engaging internships, numerous field trips, and participation in real-world hands-on community projects are critical components of this major. As a graduate of the program, you will be equipped to use ecological design strategies, analyze renewable energy opportunities, and the skills to realize appropriate and meaningful solutions. Potential career paths include product design, architectural design/build, landscape design and planning, small-scale renewable energy, utility-scale renewable energy, energy policy, as well as further study in related areas.
- 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 for any vocation or field of study
- Preparation for a variety of career and graduate school opportunities in renewable system installation, design/build companies and advocacy organizations.
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