Sustainable Design and Technology is a cross-disciplinary program grounded in the belief that students who understand the fundamentals of technology, business, and the regulations that govern both can be effective agents for sustainable change. The program seeks to create graduates committed to using technology to grow a sustainable economy; act as stewards of our environment and resources; and educate others about the benefits of a more sustainable college and community.
The 2+2 curriculum emphasizes application of technology in service of sustainable goals and an understanding of the fundamentals of business, regulation, and permitting. Students will enter on one of three tracks: Renewable Energy, Green Buildings, or Green Sites.
The Renewable Energy track focuses on traditional and alternative means of producing, using, and conserving energy. Green Buildings involves the creation and renovation of residential and commercial buildings that conserve energy without sacrificing function and design and are built with sustainable materials, with a goal of LEED certification. Green Sites focuses on responsible design, engineering, and creation of building sites (residential and commercial), roads, farms, and water systems in order to minimize environmental impact, improve quality of life, and promote an ethic of stewardship of the land and our natural resources.
Program graduates are prepared to work both traditional business and those using sustainable technologies or environmentally friendly business practices. Graduates may work as project managers and technical staff who can help conventional businesses flourish in Vermont and other environmentally friendly and regulated states. Graduates will pursue a wide range of career opportunities based on their technical backgrounds, work experience, and internship experiences.
For non-traditional and incumbent students entering the program with work experience, this bachelor’s degree affords greater opportunity for career advancement with the skill needed to succeed in business environments. Individuals who run companies, small to large, in the maintenance, design/build, or construction/installation fields should find this program to be relevant and valuable. SDT graduates will also be prepared to pursue post-baccalaureate education in business, environmental law studies, or related technical fields.