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RED 1000: Ecological Design Studio I
Ecological Design Studio I challenges students to learn basic design and representation skills by applying ecological design concepts to design problems. To do so, students will develop skills in design, drafting, sketching and model building. Emphasis will be placed on the development of hands-on skills in a studio environment. Students will also learn how to see their environment through observational sketching.
3 credits

RED 1085: REED Skills Intensive
Preparing students for the world of sustainable design and renewable energy requires both knowledge and practical experience. The REED Skills Intensives are 2-3 day courses that immerse students in a specific, hands-on aspect of sustainable design and/or renewable energy systems. Students will work with GMC faculty, local design professionals and accomplished craftspeople to gain valuable skills that prepare students for careers in the design and energy fields Generally, topics with sufficient depth and demand will be presented in a two-course series. Potential topics include photovoltaic/solar thermal design and installation, sustainable furniture design/build, wood turning, computer aided drafting/modeling, and home energy audits and weatherization.
1 credit

RED 1100: REED External Practicum
The external practicum allows students to enroll in skills-based courses offered by external institutions related to renewable energy and ecological design. Possible schools include Solar Energy International, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Ecosa, and others pending faculty approval.
1-3 credits

RED 2100: Physical Sciences for Energy & Design
This course studies the “stuff” of energy and materials, applying the principles of chemistry and physics to real world situations. It examines the principles of atomic and molecular structure, the forces that hold molecules together, energy and the laws of thermodynamics, electricity, lighting, gravity, force, catalysis, building materials, polymers, adhesives and sealants, green chemistry, indoor air quality and VOCs. It delves into cradle-to-cradle products and biomimicry and looks into the physics of stress and strain. In-class and field exercises augment the theories of practical physical science.
3 credits

RED 3000: Ecological Design Studio II
Ecological Design Studio II offers students the opportunity to synthesize their multidisciplinary experiences and knowledge into a substantial community-based design project. As a collaborative community, the class will integrate renewable energy systems, climate and ecological design principles, site considerations, and client needs into a building aimed toward regenerative processes. More than a purely functional design, students will develop aesthetic sensibilities through design exercises and studio critiques. They will learn how to articulate design decisions, and how to provide relevant feedback to their peers. Students will leave the course having completed a comprehensive design project. Prerequisite: RED 1000 Ecological Design Studio I.
3 credits

RED 3120: Renewable Energy Technology & Applications
Most of us are aware that society's current energy systems are unsustainable, but few of us can clearly articulate why or what the alternatives may be. This course begins with an assessment of the energy problem and then provides an overview of various renewable energy technologies and their applications. Students will learn about the latest developments in solar energy technology, wind power, geothermal, ocean energy and hydro electric power production. This course emphasizes a quantitative assessment of the resource potential for each form of renewable energy and the challenges associated with large-scale deployment of these systems. Finally, the course highlights the different policy and regulatory approaches to promote greater energy efficiency and increased use of clean, renewable forms of energy. Prerequisite: ELA 1123 Energy & Society
3 credits

RED 3125: Ecological Design
Students in Ecological Design will apply their knowledge of ecological design principles and their skills in drawing and design to a real-world design problem. Through research, field study, site analysis, drawing and modeling, students will work through a sustainable building design process from start to finish.
3 credits

RED 4000: Topics in Sustainable Design & Fabrication
This course combines design thinking, sustainability, and craft. Within a shop environment, students will learn how to assess need, generate ideas, create rapid prototypes, refine design ideas, and fabricate a final product. Topics might include renewable technologies, clean technologies, product design, or furniture design. Prerequisite: RED 1000 Ecological Design Studio I.
3 credits

RED 4025: Environmental Design/Build
Design/Build offers students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world, hands-on projects aimed at benefitting their community. Students will learn about greenbuilding materials and methods, construction tools and techniques, and the design/build process. As a group, students will analyze a site, interview the client, craft a program, collectively work toward an appropriate design solution and work as a team bringing it to life. Prerequisite: ELA 1135 The Nature of Design.
4 credits

RED 4090: Internship in REED
The Internship in REED is a capstone experience, whereby students take the knowledge and skills gained through the REED curriculum and apply them in a professional setting. Once students achieve junior status and have successfully completed the REED portfolio review, they are eligible to pursue the internship requirement. Students will work closely with their advisor and GMC Career Services to find an internship opportunity with an organization engaged in energy and design work or analysis. Weekly reporting, participation in a poster presentation session and a final report are required for successful completion. Prerequisites: Junior standing and successful completion of REED Portfolio Review.
3 credits

RED 4100: LEED Certification Exam Preparation
This course is designed to prepare students for success when taking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Exam. The LEED Green Associate credential serves to strengthen your green building qualifications and allows you to market your green building knowledge to potential employers and clients through this widely respected recognition. In order to earn the credential, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) requires students to be engaged in an 'education program that addresses green building principles.' Therefore, GMC students must be either Environmental Studies: Sustainable Design and Energy majors or enrolled in the REED Certificate program. Other students may enroll in the course, but they are not eligible to earn the credential. This course will be offered on a as needed basis and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
1 credit

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