These eight week courses will go into depth on all related subjects and technologies that pertain to their subject matter. All classes will be based on the 4 cornerstones of sustainability (renewable energy, advanced food production, water, and waste management) as they relate to economic expansion, project and job creation. Classes will be a combination of assigned reading materials, lectures, film, and guest speakers. Students will leave these courses with a full understanding of their chosen subject materials and in the case of a skills training related subjects, the skill set to embark on a career path in their chosen profession.
A complete list of classes will be available this fall. A sample of what will be offered follows.
The Future of Solar Energy
This course will cover all technologies presently in use and in development that will shape a future of inexhaustible solar power. New systems such as infrared collectors, solar nano paint, nano dots, and advanced thermal collection systems will be analyzed along with the more conventional photo voltaic modules. Methodology for site and project evaluations, cost analysis, and other related topics will also be included.
Professor Perryman is a universally acknowledged world leader in the development of advanced solar thermal harvesting technologies and the inventor of Red Sun*, a breakthrough infrared concentrator capable of capturing solar energy with greater efficiency then any system currently in operation. This transformational application is set to advance the science of solar power into the 21st century.
Integrating Renewable Energy Assets Into the Built World
An overview of all the architectural and site related issues, challenges, and possibilities when integrating wind, solar, and other various renewable energy sources into the built environment.
Professor Ziegler is the Founder of the Synergy International Consortium and one of the foremost visionary pioneers in this field having designed and directed projects such as the San Francisco Public Utility Building and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
How Do We Save Our Planet 101: The Methodology Behind the Energime Model
This course will examine the goals, technologies, platforms, projects, and partnerships being created to help re-establish the world’s sustainable balance. The ideas and vision behind this collaborative effort to combine cleaning up and protecting our biosphere while synergistically supporting global economic expansion through regional empowerment, education, and the rebuilding of global infrastructure will be detailed.
Professor Sosinsky is the visionary Founder and CEO of Energime Sustainable Technologies, Founder and Co-owner of Energime Power, Energime Energy Efficiency, Chairman of the Board for The Energime Foundation, and CEO and Chairman of the Energime Companies.
Building Energy Efficiency (Effectiveness)
This course will examine the latest technologies and trends in implementing and financing sustainable efficiency improvements in existing commercial and multi-family structures. Conservation, co-generation, and other operational improvements can be instituted in an almost infinite number of combinations. How those solutions are integrated and employed greatly affect the net result as it relates to production, efficiency, and cost. Coming up with the right site plan requires a vast understanding of how all these possible applications relate to site specifics. When considering modifications, the solutions and applications integrated at a site should be those which most eloquently use the available resources, while responding to the specific challenges of that location and pre-existing infrastructure.
Jeremy Green is the Director and main business procurer for Energime Energy Efficiency. In his capacity he oversees projects and project development as diverse as office buildings and hotels in New York City, to dairies in Colorado and juice processing plants in Arizona. He is responsible for developing the first national Energy Performance Contracting program where clients can upgrade their facilities incurring no capital costs and no long term debt through a shared savings arrangement.
Taking Your Home or Business Off the Grid (Becoming Completely Self-Sustainable)
We will examine the strategies, technology, products, and infrastructure required to create a net zero carbon foot print with your home or business. We’ll look at the role local environment plays in determining appropriate solutions as well as the need to match applications to existing use patterns and consumption.
Les Hamasaki is the President and CEO of the Green Technology Institute and formally served with the City of Los Angeles Urban Planning and Community Development Departments as an urban planner. He was instrumental in the development of two 20-year master plans for the City of Los Angeles. Recently Les has been a major contributor and designer to the Audubon Center at Debs Park which operates completely off grid and has been certified as the nation’s most environmentally friendly building.
Converting Waste to Energy
The days of our viewing waste as garbage must come to an end. This course will look at all of the technologies and issues with managing diverse organic waste streams specifically for the production of electricity and liquid fuels. Gasification, Pyrolysis, Plasma, and host of variations on those applications will be evaluated as well as issues with implementing these solutions. Project cost analysis methodology, source separation and prep, EPA, logistical, and other project implementation considerations will be discussed.
Dr. Sapienza was the Group Leader and Division Manager at Brookhaven National Laboratory Department of Applied Sciences having worked there from 1976-1990. In that capacity, he directed, administered, promoted and coordinated activities of the Fuels and Catalysis Division. As part of his responsibilities, he supervised a multi-discipline research team on projects related to alternative fuels, energy conversion and energy conservation for industry, government and academia; interfaced with laboratory administration, other departments and divisions, providing scientific and engineering expertise for new program directives and was consultant to MIT chemical Engineering Practice School programs.
Rebuilding Our Global Infrastructure With Recycled Waste
Jay Dubinsky & Dr. Andrejs Zagars
Municipal Solid Waste is a global blight fowling our landscapes and overwhelming landfills world wide. That waste stream however is composed of valuable raw materials we have already mined, drilled for, harvested, or manufactured that can be repurposed creating a whole new category of useful commercial and consumer products. Waste plastics and tires for instance can be combined with a variety of organic materials to create space age plastic/rubber composites. With new applications, these materials can be uses for multiple purposes from building affordable social housing, to the construction of highway sound barriers and grain silos. This course will look at the waste we create and the new industries being created specifically to make use of those resources.
Jay Dubinsky is the CEO of Green BioProducts and an inventor and expert in the material science of green building systems: A specialist in the hybridization of industrial processes, inventor of industrial hybrid processes for recycling systems, as well as waste management, composite plastics/biopolymer manufacture, and new synthesis of materials using a new brand new material structural matrix and manufacturing systems to bind nonphilic biomass with philic recycled melted plastics. Jay is also the Founder and developer of the composite systems, housing designs and new uses of composites, and developer of other new waste recycling technologies.
Dr Andrejs is a patent holding material science specialist who has developed new rubber plastic, wood-rubber-plastic, and new polymer materials and techniques for recycling; He has extensive experience in both the chemistry and the machinery of the plastics industry,including: plastic extruders, injection molding, thermoforming, and compounding systems.
The Coming Agricultural Revolution
Aad Wijngaart & Lars Hansen
Tomorrow’s farms will operate very differently from today’s operations. They will have to if they are going to remain viable. Super high production densities, better nutritional produce, healthier and happier livestock, advanced water saving management practices, and creating strong income streams from farm waste are just the beginning. This course will look at the future of farming and what you can expect in terms of the technologies and changes that will transform the way we raise our food.
Professor Wijngaart is a visionary of advanced farming concepts and designs that increase the productivity and health of produce and farm animals. A proponent of Integrated Sustainable Design, his concepts for future food production are at the cutting edge of current agricultural development.
Lars Hansen is the Development Director for Nordic Micro Tech and has specialized in developing urea refining plants and control systems and controllers for urine and solid manure processing. His efforts are creating a huge opportunity for farmers who were previously burdened with massive costs and environmental issues managing their waste. His designs and innovations allow waste to become a major contributor to farm income as it is repurposed for all sorts of valuable end products.
The Crucial Role Energy Management Will Play in Solving Our Global Energy Crisis
Jes Thomsen & Michael Baunsgaard
How we relate to energy, where it comes from, how it’s stored, and the way it is processed and monitored is going to change drastically in the coming years. Digital control made possible by advanced software programs will allow previously unattainable improvements in efficiency as buildings and the grid get smarter. This course will be an in depth look at the new technologies and ongoing efforts to better manage our energy supplies as we head towards the Tesla vision of seamless integration of endless amounts of clean, inexpensive energy on demand.
Jes Thomsen, as Managing Director of Intra Development filed 20 patents on power generation in the past decade and now serves in the same capacity for Nordic Micro Tech.
Michael Baunsgaard serves as software director for Nordic Micro Tech specializing in battery storage for electric vehicles, electronic controls, meters and monitoring systems.
Designing and Implementing Integrated Waste Management Strategies for 21st Century Cities
This course will look at the complex waste streams of 21st Century Cities and strategies to reduce their impacts on the environment through advanced management practices and recycling. Collection, source separation, processing, and the productive use of various waste streams will be examined. These will include Municipal Solid Waste, Sewage, Industrial, and Agricultural waste and how those waste streams can be integrated into a comprehensive design and management structure.
Capturing and Managing Coal Powered Power Plant Emissions
The emissions created by coal and fossil fuel powered energy facilities take a great toll on the environment. A witches brew of dangerous gases and elements such as CO2, NOx, SOx Mercury, Arsenic, and various heavy medals makes their capture and removal from the environment a high priority. Each element and component of those waste streams require specific and exact technologies and processing to efficiently reduce their impacts. Some of those elements such as CO2 as an example have recycled value and can be profitably reused in agricultural production. This class will examine all those possible applications and how to design these systems such that these facilities can reduce and eliminate their negative impacts on the environment while managing those waste streams for their highest and best use.
Turning Rural Farms into Sustainable Efficient, Productive, and Profitable Enterprises
The world will face global food shortages in the future unless farming practices and farms are modernized for sustainable higher efficiency and production. Turning conventional seasonal crop management into diversified year round productivity will provide a level of prosperity farmers in India have dreamed of. This class will examine new farming methods and strategies which create much higher volumes, diversity of crops, and operational efficiencies. Advanced technologies, farming practices, and integrated crop harvesting will be included. Additionally aquaculture, algae production and indoor aeroponic and hydroponic applications combined with conventional farming models will be examined. Business and distribution models aimed at increasing productivity and profitability will also be discussed.
The World We Leave Our Children
The next few decades will usher in changes to our environment and a reduction in global resources few people have taken the time to fully understand or prepare for. This course will examine current global trends in resource management, anticipated changes to our climate, continuing environmental deterioration, and their potential impacts and consequences on 21st century society. We’ll look at several scenarios that are likely to occur depending on how our global community responds to these current issues. A “general overview” of these unprecedented changes to our resources and their impact on the future efficacy of our supportive civil infrastructure will be of particular value to officials and city planners. Armed with this knowledge we can create policy and enact change that pre-empts and plans for these critical challenges.
Fish Farming and Aquaculture Management for the 21st Century
Emily Bome/ Scott Alplanalp/Joe Ravet
The ocean stocks of the fish we consume in our diet are collapsing as a result of poor resources management, over-fishing, and the deteriorating state of the ocean environment. As a result farmed fish, particularly those raised on inland farms and in indoor aquaculture facilities will become more and more common as the means are established to replace those disappearing resources. In an effort to keep up with this trend, new and innovative techniques and protocols are being developed to help replace and supplement those declining stocks. This course will examine those efforts including the development of alternate feed stocks, algae bio flock development, filtration options, and Integrated Sustainable Design concepts that will define these new production facilities.
Soil Reclamation and Management Practices
Joseph Weinstock/Gregg Knibbs
Years of poor farming practices and industrial pollution have seriously impacted the health and vitality of our soils. This has had serious consequences for the nutrient health of our crops and the long term sustainability of farming operations. This course will examine all of the state-of-the-art methods for protecting healthy soil, enriching soil that has been depleted of nutrients, and removing harmful pollutants from our agricultural food chain. Erosion prevention, irrigation and runoff control, phosphorous management and recycling, and the proper use of fertilizer and agricultural chemicals will be discussed. Algae production as an onsite soil nutrient/fertilizer strategy will also be included.
Adjusting to the Evolving Civil Planning and Design Demands of Climate Change and an Expanding Population
Everywhere we look the climate is changing. Weather patterns are not as dependable as they once were creating unprecedented challenges for farmers and regional water supplies. Storm systems are more powerful, sea levels are rising, floods more common, and hundred year droughts now occur every decade. Those impacts and their consequences for our supportive civil infrastructure are being equally taxed by an exploding population. These twin challenges are having a profound impact on the viability and effectiveness of the basic supportive systems we depend on for the services cities and population centers need to function and thrive. Our ability to anticipate and plan for these changes will be the critical element if we are to survive and prosper in the coming years. It is therefore essential that governments and city planners recognize those challenges and clearly understand the steps they must take to prepare for this new age. Our success will be defined by our ability to anticipate unreliable and extreme weather events and prepare for those impacts through intelligent and preemptive resource management planning.
Phosphorus Recycling and Recapturing Theory and Design
Phosphorus is one of the 3 main ingredients in fertilizer. It is essential to root and flower development, cannot be synthesized or replaced, and without it our current global agricultural model would collapse. Experts are in agreement that we have only a few decades of easily mined reserves left on Earth before we run out of this irreplaceable element. Phosphorous is also easily recycled if it can be extracted from our waste streams. Whether it is leached off our farm lands because of poor farming practices, flushed down our toilets as sewage, or disposed of in landfills or dumped into our rivers, it is essential we start to recapture and reuse this critical element. This course will examine all the available technologies and management practices that will allow society to manage phosphorus such that there will be adequate supplies for future generations.
The Role of a World Leader in Reversing Climate Change
Our leaders will need to exercise much courage and foresight as they begin to respond to the current challenges they face in managing their resources and protecting the environment. However to truly address the threats posed by climate change and solve these challenges will ultimately require a coordinated global response. To accomplish this goal and provide that needed leadership for this effort will require strategies and implementation methodologies that emphasize cooperation and collaborative effort. Cultural and societal differences must be understood and bridged in order for these changes to take hold such that the supportive climate and global resources we all depend on are available for future generations. This course will examine the differences in approaches to formative change and business development that are common to different cultures. Potential strategies for implementing projects that support economic growth which supports resource management and environmental stewardship will be explored and discussed.
Sustainable Architectural and Design Theory for the 21st Century
Aina Julian, Vincent O’Reilly
Modern Cities and buildings in the future will function much differently from those structures we have grown up with. We are entering a new age of architectural and civic design. New projects will differ as to how they relate to their environment and how they will ultimately contribute to producing and managing energy, water, waste, and food supplies. The science of Integrated Sustainable Design will be the cornerstone of these constructs which will emphasize system efficiency and productive capacity. This course will examine every aspect as to how these projects are designed and engineered and the theory guiding the innovative advancements that will shape our future landscapes.
Designing Sustainable Education Models for Primary School Age Students
Real change ultimately begins with our young people as they are taught the lessons that will guide them through their life and make them productive members of society. It is essential that the teachings of sustainable development and environmental stewardship be standard lesson material in our classrooms from this day forward if we to ensure their health and prosperity in the future. This course will provide our future teachers with the understanding of what needs to be taught and provide different strategies for implementing curriculum material that young people will respond to favorably. Concepts such as gamifying lesson materials, hands-on training, site visits, and creating competitive learning experiences will be discussed.
Some of the Other Course Subject We Plan to Offer
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- Algae Harvesting For Food and Fuel: Why Algae is Essential for our Long Term Survival (Jay Dubinsky /Joe Ravet)
- Reclaiming Waste Water and Removing Pollutants From our Riparian Environment (Ron Dominguez/Mike Green)
- Building a Parallel Economic Model To Fund our Sustainable Infrastructure (William Sosinsky)
- Heat Exchange “An Inexhaustible Source of Untapped Energy” (TBD)
- Regional Water Management Strategies and Technologies For a Thirsty Planet (To Be Determined)
- Wind Turbine Installation and Wind Farm Design (Reinhold Ziegler/Gregory Kochman)
- Wind Power at Sea (Neal Bastick)
- Rebuilding Ecosystems and Nutrient Poor Soil for Agricultural Use (Gregg Knibbs)
- Ground Geothermal Technologies and Installations (To Be Determined)
- Commercial Solar Installation and Solar Farm Design ( Reinhold Ziegler/ Antonio Pinto)
- The Challenges in Bringing Sustainability to the Developing World (William Sosinsky)
- The Promise of Tidal Power (Reinhold Ziegler)