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Careers in SustainabilitySustainability can encompass several concepts and goals and can depend greatly on the person interpreting it’s meaning. However, most people can agree that sustainability is:

  •  -  using means, methods, systems, and materials that won’t deplete natural resources or harm natural cycles, and is...
  •  -  an attitude in new developments that looks at a site’s natural land, water, and energy resources as being a part of the total site development, and it ...
  •  -  integrates natural systems with human patterns and protects existing ecosystems.

Sustainable jobs are here now and are currently being developed. They can include careers in wind power, solar power, fuel cells, heating and cooling, lighting, landscape design and installation, and more. In addition, persons trained in sustainable practices may be hired in compliance positions assuring that the companies and businesses that employ them stay current with the California Green Codes.

Watch this video for a great introduction to Sustainable Energy Studies at Southwestern College!
(same video, closed captioned)

Where should you get started? Check out the links below to help decide which path is best for you.

Courses

Sustainable Energy Studies - SES 101

Learn how the new sustainable laws, codes, and regulations are now being incorporated to make our buildings, homes, and landscapes more earth-friendly.  Find out how new innovations are saving energy, water, and resources.

Course Description:  Studies the growth of the human population and its effects on energy and climate demands with an emphasis on landscaping and the built environment. (same as LNT 101)

Units:  3

California Green Code and Sustainable Technologies - SES 105

Get up to speed on the California Green Building Codes!

Course Description:  Emphasizes the proper interpretation of the CAL-Green Building Code and green building technologies.  Provides inspectors, designers, and contractors with the latest code requirements and national standards to promote sustainable communities.  Includes site planning and development, energy conservation, storm water pollution prevention, and basic sustainability concepts.  (same as CI 105)

Units:  3

Introduction to Building Sciences - SES 110

Learn the new sustainable methods that heat, cool, and light our homes, buildings, and other structures. 

Course Description:  Studies the relationship between human biology and the environment as applied to building design. Emphasizes sustainable building design, passive energy strategies, and the application of appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.

Units:  3

The Energy Efficient Building - SES 120

Methods and devices for learning of the procedures for performing energy audits and for improving existing buildings for more energy efficiency.

Course Description:  Hands on study of residential and commercial building energy. Includes energy auditing methods of existing homes as they are now constructed. Analyzes residential design and strategies for energy efficiency. Prepares students to take the California H.E.R.S. Level I certification examination.
 
Units:  3

Beginning Building Information Modeling - SES 201

Learn the latest software (BIM) used to analyze the effects of architectural design on the ultimate energy efficiency of a new building. 

Course Description:  Introduces Building Information Modeling (BIM), an integrated process built on coordinated information for architectural projects. Improves drawing coordination, enhances accuracy, reduces waste, and enables better-informed decisions. Develops skills in the architectural field using Revit Architecture building information modeling software.  (same as ARCH 201.)
 
Units:  3

Building Energy Analysis -  SES 205

Further instruction in the use of the software called Building Information Modeling (BIM).  Learn how to analyze the future costs of energy in new buildings - even before they are constructed!

Course Description:  Utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM) in conjunction with energy modeling software to allow designers and developers to create more accurate building energy simulations incorporating performance, sustainability, and cost with respect to reduced environmental impact. 

Units:  3

Degrees and Certificates

Sustainable Energy Studies - Certificate of Proficiency

Degree Description:

Introduces the student to the study of the growth of the human population and its effects on 
energy and climate demands with an emphasis on landscaping and the built environment. 
Studies the relationship between human biology and the environment as applied to building 
design. Emphasises sustainable building design, passive energy strategies, and the 
application of appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. A hands on study of 
energy auditing methods of existing homes as they are now constructed, analysis of 
residential design and strategies for energy efficiecy. Prepares the student to take the 
California H.E.R.S. level 1 certification exam.

Certificate of Proficiency Course Requirements:

 COURSE #  COURSE TITLE  UNITS
SES 101 or LNT 101 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Studies  3
SES 110 Introduction to Building Science  3
SES 120 The Energy Efficient Building  3
SES 201 or ARCH 201 Beginning Building Information Modeling (BIM)  3
SES 205 Building Energy Analysis Using BIM  3
See your counselor to help you plan your certificate program.


Sustainable Landscape Practices - Associate of Science Degree

Degree Description:

The Associate of Science degree in Sustainable Landscape Practices trains students to become proficient in the many skills needed to evaluate residential and urban landscapes for sustainable practices in design, installation, and maintenance. Careers related to this degree include Sustainable Landscape Professional, Landscape Irrigation Auditor, and Sustainable Landscape Designer.

Degree Course Requirements:

 COURSE #  COURSE TITLE  UNITS
 LNT 94  Sprinkler System Installation, Maintenance, and Repair  3
 LNT 100  Plant and Horticultural Science  4
 LNT 101  Sustainable Energy Studies  3
 LNT 105,109,113  Plant Identification (any 6 units)  6
 LNT 119  Plant Identification – Xeriphytic Plants  3
 LNT 120  Landscape Design 1  4
 LNT 128  Sprinkler Design  3
 LNT 129  Sustainable Landscape/Water Auditor  3
 LNT 134  Soils  3
 LNT 136  Plant Pest and Disease Control  3
 CE 290  Occupational Cooperative Education I  3
Plus required General Education courses.  See your counselor to help you plan your degree program.


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