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Environment and Sustainability

Our Environment and Sustainability classes and programs teach and encourage sustainable living, ecological stewardship and environmental leadership. Our courses and programs of study enable professionals and do-it-yourself-ers to learn and lead by implementing sustainable design and practices in their everyday lives.

We offer LEED exam prep for professionals seeking initial or ongoing LEED certification. And we offer personal, small-scale classes and certificates and in our backyard sustainability programs, including instruction in sustainable building and gardening practices.

We’ve also developed an innovative permaculture certificate workshop for those seeking to learn about ecosystem-level environmental sustainability.

Environment & Sustainability Classes
Biofuel Production Operations
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.720
Fee: $2,595
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
The Biofuel Production Operations Online Training Program will give you the education you need to begin an exciting career in biofuel production. As a biofuel production operator, your job will be to ensure the quality and purity of the biofuel your plant produces. This involves inspecting and repairing equipment, operating computer systems, and handling lab equipment. This online program will ensure you have the skills you need to handle these tasks. At the present time, hundreds of facilities worldwide are producing biofuels. Over the next few decades many advances will be made in this field, and hundreds of new facilities will be built to produce this type of fuel. This opens a new field for potential workers. For decades to come, biofuels will be produced and consumed in the United States, creating an ongoing demand for biofuel production workers.

Building a Cob Oven
Course Offerings (1)
September 9, 2017 through September 23, 2017
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.01
Fee: $99
Description
In this course students will learn to build a wood-fired earthen oven that can be used to make pizza, bake bread, and cook just about anything that can fit through the front door! Starting with the fundamentals of how earth, sand, and straw combine to form the building material known as 'cob,' the instruction provided will include how to build a foundation, insulate the oven, form the earthen dome, apply a finish plaster, and properly fire the oven for cooking. All levels of building experience are welcome, and students will leave with the skills necessary to replicate the project at home. The course will specifically instruct students in how to complete their own backyard oven with minimal materials investment, potentially even for free! As an added bonus, students will learn how to take the steps involved in building an earthen oven and use them to build a non-toxic, zero-footprint, sustainable earthen home for as little as $5,000!

Certified Green Supply Chain Professional
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructors
CRN: ED2GO214.714
Fee: $1,595
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
The Certified Green Supply Chain Professional Online Training Program will give you the specialized knowledge to enable a company to achieve its environmental sustainability goals through global sourcing, materials management, procurement and buying, transportation and logistics, and new product development.

From Compost Pile to Compost Brew
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, October 28, 2017; 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.03
Fee: $75
Description
Join us for a morning centered around compost. In this class we will make a compost pile and explore the proliferation of healthy microbial life for our soils. We will explore different kinds of composting including vermicomposting and wind rows. Afterwards we will discuss and make a brew of healthy compost tea to apply to the student gardens. Students will take home a bag of compost and a vessel of compost tea for their own gardens.

Healthy Seeds and Harvesting Them
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, November 18, 2017; 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.04
Fee: $50
Description
In this class students will explore the complexity that is the seed, and the need to grow and harvest healthy seeds: it all starts with a seed and ends and then begins again with the seed. We will discuss obstacles in our current world, the role of the healthy plant, micro nutrients and elements, proper irrigation, and microbial life in the soil necessary for producing future years of yield. We will harvest some seed and the student will leave class with samples of healthy seed for their gardens.

Senior Certified Sustainability Professional
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Faculty
CRN: ED2GO.713
Fee: $2,495
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
After completing this premier certification program, you'll establish yourself as a sustainable business professional. You'll be ready to take responsibility for coordinating an enterprise's sustainability strategy across multiple functional areas, including sales, marketing, communications, new product development, global supply chain, operations, and corporate social responsibility. You'll start by learning the basics of green purchasing. Next you'll cover corporate social responsibility, and carbon strategies. You'll also explore environmental accounting, green transportation, and sustainability consulting. Upon registering, you are given an initial twelve months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the twelve months, an extension of one month is available with a fee of $25.

Solar Power Professional
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.722
Fee: $1,895
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
Get the renewable energy training you need as you learn the basics of solar systems, their benefits, and their many applications. Examine the history of photovoltaic solar power, and gain a sense for where the PV industry is headed. We'll start with basic safety, including how to avoid potential accidents and how to create a safe work environment as well as the use of protective equipment. You'll master the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy, including how to calculate simple circuit values and predict solar position using solar path diagrams. Upon completion of this program, you'll have a thorough understanding of PV applications, working safety as it pertains to this field, basic electricity, and PV module fundamentals.

The Soil Food Web
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.02
Fee: $75
Description
In this class students will be introduced to the Soil Food Web. This will include parts of soil, organic matter and creating humus, as well as a look into the microbial life within it. We also will look at the use of micronutrients and elements in growing healthy plants, abundant fruit, and regenerative ecologically sound practices for gardeners or burgeoning farmers and homesteaders. Students will make a general amendment mix and have a small bag to take away for their own use.

Wind Energy Professional
Course Offerings (1)
Instructor: ed2go Instructor
CRN: ED2GO216.718
Fee: $2,395
Online. Offered in partnership with ed2go. Eligible for faculty/staff tuition remission.
Description
In this program, you'll learn the basics of wind energy principles, including wind technology, wind energy anatomy, wind farm design, wind business, and characteristics of energy sources. This program covers the fundamentals of hydraulics and the basic theory and practice of electrical circuits, including calculations as applied to alternating and direct currents.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
spcs@richmond.edu

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays