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 Building Performance – 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 scholarship for Sustainability Technologies students 

Brian and Beth Kirschner have generously established an annual $1,000 scholarship fund to be awarded to a second year Sustainability Technologies A.A.S Degree candidate who maintains at least a 2.5 GPA.  This is the first scholarship dedicated to the Sustainability Tech. program.  The Kirschners have also established a similar scholarship in the new Veterinary Medical  Technology program.  In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must first complete the simple scholarship application found on the Financial Aid page of cfcc.edu.

Tamarack Technologies, Inc.  donates attic ventilation fan to CFCC Sustainability Technologies

We attend many conferences and trade shows and in doing so have forged some good relationships with companies and industry professionals.  Such is the case with Tamarack Technologies, a company out of Massachusetts that makes innovative products for building ventilation needs.  Nelson Warner of Tamarack recently attended the NC State Energy Conference where he talked with Woj and some of the Sustainability Tech. students.  Nelson has graciously donated a Tamarack HV1600 Whole House Fan to the Sustainability Technologies program.  This fan provides powerful natural cooling, is very quiet, and its R-38 self-sealing doors maintain the home’s thermal boundary when the fan is turned off (a major downfall of most attic fans is that they are gaping holes in the thermal boundary when turned off.)  Students in the first Weatherization course will learn how to install this fan in Fall 2018.  Here’s a picture of the HV1600.  THANK YOU Tamarack!

Congratulations to Sustainability Tech. students on their new jobs:

  • Leigh Humphries – Above and Beyond Energy
  • Darian Richmond – Above and Beyond Energy
  • Taylor Farrand – Cape Fear Solar Systems
  • Zach Perozzi – Cape Fear Solar Systems
  • Daniel McKinley – Harris Teeter Management Track
  • Beth Furr – Rainstorm Solutions
  • Kyle Thomas – Rainstorm Solutions
  • Dewayne Parker – Rich Heating and Air
  • Sarah Lawson – Cheatham and Associates, PA

Sustainability Tech. students continue to transfer to Appalachian State University

This summer 2 more Sustainability Technologies graduates – Jordan Palmer and Sam Snodgrass – will move to Boone to continue their education in the Sustainable Technology program at ASU.  Through an articulation program with ASU, CFCC Sustainability Tech. transfer candidates are receiving generous course credit – in some cases over 60 credit hours are being accepted.  There are elective pathways within the CFCC Sustainability Tech. program which maximize transfer credit and give students a great head start at ASU.  Incoming CFCC students should talk to Woj about how to optimize their CFCC to ASU pathway.

Spring 2017 Capstone Projects were a big success

Congratulations to all 12 Capstone students who worked hard to create 11 amazing projects.  Capstone projects can have a profound influence on the school, the local community, and even the world.  It is a personal journey that changes students in profound ways.  Here are some highlights.

Leigh created an awesome youtube video documenting her hempcrete doghouse project.  Click on the picture below to open the video.  Its a must watch:

Click Photo to open Hempcrete Video

Heres some pictures of the tiny house.  Josh and Logan created an amazing rainscreen with a living wall section.  Collin completed the kitchen and concrete countertop inside:

Here’s Jordan hard at work creating his Sustainable Surfboard, perhaps the only one of its kind in the United States:

Beth’s Bag Board Food Storage bin is made out 1000s of recycled plastic bags.  It solves a basic global problem in a unique way:

New scholarship to benefit Sustainability Technologies students

A very special donor has established a $1,000 annual scholarship for a Sustainability Technologies student in their second year of the program and maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA.  More details will be announced about this scholarship, but to be eligible, you must complete a scholarship application by going to the Financial Aid page of the CFCC website.  This can be done at any time at which point you will be automatically considered for eligible scholarships.

New Weatherization course will be offered in the Fall 2017 Sustainability Technologies curriculum

The CFCC Sustainability Technologies curriculum continues to evolve and improve in order to better prepare students for careers in the building performance industry.  The course CST 238 Weatherization will now be included in the A.A.S. Degree curriculum starting Fall 2017.  This course will serve as a complement to CST 150 Building Science, in which students learn the science of building performance and how to perform a comprehensive audit of a residence.  Weatherization will extend this knowledge base with hands-on training in all aspects of building performance: cladding, airsealing, insulation, heating and air conditioning, water use, ventilation and air quality, electrical, appliances, and plumbing.  The first Weatherization course will be held in Fall 2018 at North Campus.

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 (34 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
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 (18 SHC)

CMT 210 Construction Mgmt. Fundamentals* 3 0 3
CMT 212 Total Safety Performance* 3 0 3
CST 238 Weatherization 2 3 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 110 Introduction to Business***** 3 0 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
MNT 230 Pumps and Piping Systems 1 3 2
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
CST 238 Weatherization
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

* Course is in the Construction Management Certificate

** Course is in the Landscape Gardening Sustainable Gardening Certificate

*** Course is in the Electrical Systems Technology Certificate

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

***** Course is in the Business Administration Entrepreneurship Certificate and Project Management Certificate

+ Course is in 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