Sustainability Technologies

You have found the Sustainability program that WORKS!  CFCC’s Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy.  The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Buildings – overlap to provide a technology-oriented Degree that can be found nowhere else.  Each of the three focus areas is also offered as a 5-course Certificate geared toward dual majors or professional development.

Course work includes energy use, sustainability, water quality, water use, waste and recycling, environmental technology, business sustainability, electricity, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, site assessment, construction, green building, building science, energy modeling, energy management, energy auditing, and safety.  The program places a priority on hands-on training using the latest industry-standard equipment.  A number of professional credentials – including LEED® Green Associate, NABCEP PV Associate, NABCEP Solar Heating Associate, OSHA 30-hour Safety Card, ISO 14001 Awareness, and Procore Fundamentals Associate – are weaved into the curriculum to better prepare students for employment.

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree have the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive in many industries including construction, energy auditing, home inspection, facilities management, solar, wind, solar thermal, waste, environmental, consulting, sales and non-profit.   In addition, a number of college transfer opportunities exist for students wishing to continue their education.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in Sustainability, get more out of your time at CFCC, or just take a class or two to make yourself more competitive in the new green economy, the Sustainability Technologies program is here as a resource for you.

  • A.A.S. Degree Program: 73 course hours starting Spring, Summer or Fall
  • Certificate Programs: 5 courses each
  • Program Location: CFCC North Campus (some courses at CFCC Wilmington Campus)

 

Program News and Announcements

New Sustainability Lab is nearing completion

In Fall 2017 the Sustainability Technologies program will be moving into the new Advanced and Emerging Technologies building on CFCC’s North Campus.  The program will have its own lab, classroom, and roof terrace which will house a solar photovoltaic array, solar thermal installation, and demonstration green roof.  Here are a couple of photos of the lab and terrace under construction:

Exciting Capstone projects in Spring 2017

All Sustainability Technologies graduates must complete a Capstone Project, which explores a sustainability topic in-depth to create something of significant value.  Each student plans, implements, and documents their individual project.  This Spring’s Capstone class features some extremely interesting projects that will be fun to watch as they progress:

  • Hemp Doghouse – hemp is an emerging building material with extraordinary benefits.  Leigh will design and build a doghouse using this innovative building technique.
  • Bag Board – Beth will be working with Full Belly Project to create a useful product out of Bag Board, which is a plywood substitute made out of discarded plastic bags.  She just might solve a pressing global problem from right here in Wilmington!
  • Sustainable Surfboard – Traditional surfboards are not very environmentally friendly, which doesn’t really match the surfing vibe.  Jordan will investigate how to create a surfboard with lower impact materials and methods.
  • Restaurant Energy Audit – Devon will complete a comprehensive energy audit of a local restaurant to identify energy-saving techniques.
  • Sustainable Water Pumping – Matt will investigate ways to effectively pump water using solar power and hydraulic ram pumps.
  • School Bus Living – School busses are for grownups too.  Sarah will create a complete blueprint for the conversion of a school bus into a functional modern home targeted to transient and financially insecure Millennials.
  • LEED AP – Taylor’s goal is to become a LEED Accredited Professional.  In a short 15 week time frame he will prepare for the exam and successfully test into this esteemed credential.  In doing so he will help other students follow in his path.
  • Tiny House Kitchen – Previous Sustainability students have built a tiny house on North Campus.  Collin will now design and install the kitchen using mostly salvaged materials.
  • Investigation of Cladding Systems – Josh and Logan will be putting siding on the Tiny House.  But it may look a little odd because they will be using 4 different cladding methods, one for each side, in order to investigate which ones perform best in this climate.
  • Sustainable Athletic Facility – Sam will create a design concept and feasibility study for a new gym that meets the Living Building Challenge standards.
  • Coffee Ground Pellets – Used coffee grounds contain a lot of energy.  Zach will collect waste grounds from local coffee shops and turn them into biomass pellets.

Wilmington, North Carolina named one of the greenest cities in America

Wilmington was recently ranked the 13th most environmentally friendly city in America by ValuePenguin, a financial advising website.  15 metrics were considered such as energy consumption, bicycle friendliness, LEED-certified buildings, and the availability of park space.  Wilmington outranked 187 other U.S. cities, including some of the proverbially greenest cities in the country – Boulder, CO; Asheville, NC; and Portland, OR!  Here’s a link to the article.

Exciting new job opportunities for recent Sustainability graduates

  • Sustainability Technologies graduate Matthew Ouellette is now a product specialist with Tesla Motors in Charlotte!  Matt’s dream was to work for Tesla, and he has made it happen.  Matt will be bringing a Tesla to Wilmington sometime in Spring 2017.
  • Recent graduate Lauren Pine has accepted a position with GE Nuclear in Wilmington.  According to Lauren, she was hired because of her Excel skills but also because of her comprehensive knowledge of energy.

Sustainability Technologies graduates are leaders in the building performance industry in South Carolina

Sustainability Technologies graduate Christopher Rooney is the Regional Manager of South Carolina for Performance Point, a Charlotte energy company.  Graduate Ben Fisher is a HERS Field Inspector with Home Energy Group in Charleston, SC.  Both are helping to establish the new South Carolina Building Performance Association, a trade association modeled after its successful counterpart in North Carolina.

Congratulations to our University transfer students

4 recent  graduates of the CFCC Sustainability Technologies program are continuing their education at the university level.  Ryan Schopp is attending Christopher Newport University in Virginia to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science.  Max Castagliola, Gordon Miller, and Gordon Allen are attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Sustainability Technology.  The App. State. ST program has a community college transfer agreement called the Baccalaurate Degree Program (BDP).  The linked document has more information regarding which CFCC courses transfer into the program.  We wish all these students the best of luck as they continue their education.

Transferring to a university from the CFCC Sustainability Technologies program is a great option to gain practical applied knowledge, hands-on skills, and professional certifications in addition to transfer credits.  The curriculum can be customized to maximize transfer success.  For more information contact John Wojciechowski at jwojciechowski@cfcc.edu or 910-362-7761.

Course Requirements for A.A.S. Degree

I.  General Education Courses (15 SHC)

Class  Hours

Lab     Hours

Credit Hours

ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 3
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3 0 3
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I 2 2 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3

II.  Major Courses (37 SHC)

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
CST 111 Construction I 3 3 4
CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology+ 2 3 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
ENV 226 Environmental Law 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability 3 0 3

III.  Other Major Courses (15 SHC)

CMT 210 Construction Mgmt. Fundamentals* 3 0 3
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance* 3 0 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems+ 2 2 3
SST 250 Sustainable Capstone Project 1 6 3

IV.  Electives (choose  min. 6 hours from the following courses:)

Sustainability:
AGR 139 Intro to Sustainable Agriculture*** 3 0 3
BIO 140 Environmental Biology 3 0 3
and BIO 140A Environmental Biology Lab 0 3 1
BUS 121 Business Math 2 2 3
BUS 230 Small Business Management** 3 0 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers** 2 2 3
HOR 160 Plant Materials I***  2  2  3
Renewable Energy:
ELC 113 Residential Wiring**** 2 6 4
ELC 117 Motors and Controls****  2  6  4
ELC 221 Advanced PV System Designs 2 3 3
MEC 130 Mechanisms***** 2 2 3
PLU 111 Intro to Basic Plumbing 1 3 2
Sustainable Building Technology:
AHR 110 Introduction to Refrigeration******  2  6  5
AHR 211 Residential System Design 2 2 3
BPR 130 Print Reading-Construction* 3 0 3
CMT 120 Codes and Inspections 3 0 3
CMT 241 Planning/Estimating 1* 2 2 3
DFT 151 CAD I 2 3 3
Co-Op:
WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I 1
WBL 121 Work-Based Learning II 1

Total Credit Hours required for A.A.S. Degree:

73

A.A.S. Degree Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester I
CST 111 Construction I
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Spring Semester I
CMT 210 Professional Mgmt. Fundamentals
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance
CST 150 Building Science
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester
ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity
ENV 110 Environmental Science
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy

Fall Semester II
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems
ENV 226 Environmental Law
SST 210 Issues in Sustainability
Sustainability Technologies Elective

Spring Semester II
ALT 250 Thermal Systems
ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
SST 250 Sustainability Capstone Project
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
Sustainability Technologies Elective

* Courses are part of the Construction Management Certificate

** Courses are part of the Business Administration Entrepreneurship Certificate

*** Courses are part of the Landscape Gardening Sustainable Gardening Certificate

**** Courses are part of the Electrical Systems Technology Certificate

***** Course is part of the Industrial Systems Technology Certificate

****** Course is part of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Certificate

+ Courses are part of the NC State University North Carolina Renewable Energy Assessment Certificate Program

 

Certificate in Sustainability Technologies (C40370)

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

Spring Semester

SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ENV 110 Environmental Science

 

Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (C40370A)

Class Hours

Lab  Hours

Credit Hours

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology 2 2 3
ALT 250 Thermal Systems 2 2 3
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity 2 2 3
ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology 2 3 3
ELC 230 Wind & Hydro Power Systems 2 2 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Summer Semester

ALT 120 Renewable Energy Technology
ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity

Fall Semester

ELC 220 Photovoltaic System Technology
ELC 230 Wind and Hydro Power Systems

Spring Semester

ALT 250 Thermal Systems

 

Certificate in Sustainable Building Technologies (C40370S)

Class Hours

Lab Hours

Credit Hours

CST 150 Building Science 2 2 3
SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability 3 0 3
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis 2 2 3
SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy 2 2 3
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts 3 0 3
Total Credits required: 15

Sequence of Classes

Fall Semester

SST 110 Introduction to Sustainability
SST 140 Green Building & Design Concepts

Spring Semester

CST 150 Building Science
SST 120 Energy Use Analysis

Summer Semester

SST 130 Modeling Renewable Energy