Sustainable Energy

/drumbeats/images/sustainable_energy/Energy-FullColor.jpgRural Alaskans have the highest energy costs in the nation and are most directly impacted by climate change. The Sustainable Energy (SE) program is designed for anyone seeking to reduce energy costs, help mitigate impacts of climate change, and get involved in the transition to ecologically sustainable communities using energy from local and renewable resources. USDA funding supports curricula in Sustainable Energy, K-12 outreach and  collaboration with Bristol Bay Regional Career and Technical Education Program,  Alaska Center for Energy and Power, and Cold Climate Housing Research Center. 

Energy is related to everything we do- from subsistence food-gathering to affordable shelter.  In Alaska and across the nation, there is growing demand for jobs related to energy conservation and sustainabilty such as building upgrades, weatherization and development of local renewable energy systems.  The fastest growing energy job sector, nationwide, is solar and wind energy system design and installation. The Sustainable Energy Occupational Endorsement is a great option for technical jobs that require some education beyond high school, but not a college degree.  It can also serve as a stepping stone towards further education. Many SE students go on to pursue degrees in engineering, resource management, policy and planning, and project development. 

More information: Sustainable Energy Academics

Contact: Mark Masteller (907) 414-0198 | mamasteller@alaska.edu

Left Photo:  Workers with Alaska Native Renewable Industries construct a new solar farm for Kotzebue Electric Association.

Right Photo: Bristol Bay Campus heat loss test of campus building using infrared camera in Sustainable Energy course in Dillingham, AK. 

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BBC Heat Loss