Academic Programs

Energy Sustainability Certificate

 

PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working with algae in the Biofuels & Bioproducts Laboratory.

PCGS postdoctoral researcher Ioannis Dogaris working with algae in the Biofuels & Bioproducts Laboratory.

Certificate Descriptions:

Concerns about future economic growth, standards of living, and environmental quality have made sustainable energy a top priority worldwide. The goal of this program is to provide students with a solid understanding of the key principles of sustainability, its economics, and how it is practiced by the energy industry in the form of sustainable transportation fuels and electricity from natural resources with a small carbon footprint. The program will prepare students for careers in sustainability and sustainable energy.

The certificate program will provide a general foundation in sustainability and thorough understanding of all forms of energy that can support a sustainable economy. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and career interests by addressing energy from all angles (technology, business, economic, policy, social) unlike similar-sounding programs at other institutions, which are designed narrowly for engineering and hard science students.

 

Required Courses (6 credit hours): 

This course discusses basic concepts and principles of sustainable development, systems integration, and different sustainability perspectives such as local/global and historical/future. Best practices are analyzed through case studies and a research project.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course provides sustainability practitioners with an overview of how economics and finance are expanded in the green economy to optimize the triple bottom line of profits, people, and the environment. Emphasis is placed on both environmental and corporate economics and finance. A real-world project offers students the opportunity to practice their knowledge.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Elective Course (6 credit hours)
Choose two:

Nature and availability of solar radiation, thermal collection and storage, conversion to heat for heating, cooling and industrial process heat, conversion to electricity by thermal power and photovoltaics, solar environmental application by photocatalysis.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

This course aims to introduce students to concepts of sustainable energy conversion. Solar, wind, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, biomass and geothermal energy conversion methods as well as main storage technologies will be discussed. These major conversion methods will be quantitatively compared throughout the course with the main energy consumption pathways of human societies in different parts of the globe. Energy consumption of transportation, heating/cooling, food production and manufacturing of goods will be discussed. Energy savings potentials of the various consumption pathways will also be examined. After successful participation in this course students will be able to asses technological aspects of public energy policy, as well as have the foundation for advanced study of sustainable energy topics.

*This course is only available on-campus.

The course provides energy practitioners with a thorough understanding of the technology, business, and financial and sustainability issues of renewable transportation fuels, which are intended to power vehicles and aviation as the economy shifts towards a greener and more sustainable basis. This course is currently only offered on-campus.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The course analyzes the market status and growth potential of the portfolio of renewable power sources (solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, biogas), production technologies, economics and financing, infrastructure integration and smart grid issues, and regulatory and environmental aspects.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

Agricultural and biological resources (bioresources) for producing food, bio-based products, and renewable energy are presented and discussed along with their environmental and climate change impact using an integrated food-energy-water nexus approach.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

The FEW nexus helps students navigate the complexities of sustainability, using systems thinking and case studies in food, energy, and water to create industrial ecology systems, closing the loop from the solar energy that sustains food production through food waste to new food.

*This course is available on-campus and online.

 

Point of Contact

If you have any general questions relating to PCGS graduate certificate programs,please contact

Toure Rider
813-974-9943
trider@usf.edu