Join the clean energy revolution in this cutting-edge program that explores sustainability and energy conservation solutions that positively impact both rural and urban Alaskans.
Energy use, and cost, impacts everything we do, from home life to community health. Understanding these connections is critical as we transition to clean energy systems.
Whether you like to program computers, install solar panels, design buildings, retrofit homes, develop projects or make local policy, this program will give you the opportunity to apply your skills toward improving energy efficiency and developing local renewable energy systems. Classes are available both online and face-to-face.
Who Is the Sustainable Energy Program Designed For?
Rural Alaskans have the highest energy costs in the nation and are the most directly impacted by climate change. The sustainable energy program is designed for anyone seeking to reduce energy costs, help mitigate impacts of climate change, and get involved in the transition to ecologically sustainable communities using energy from local and renewable resources. Welcoming both traditional and non-traditional students of all ages, this flexible job training program is ideal for working professionals, continuing education students and do-it-yourselfers throughout Alaska.
How is the sustainable energy program delivered?
You can earn your occupational endorsement in sustainable energy online or via face-to-face classes in your home community.* We offer classes as dual-credit (high school and college) opportunities through the Bristol Bay Region Career and Technical Education program. We also partner with UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power, as well as high school teachers statewide, to deliver additional classes related to home energy and electric utilities.
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Why Study Sustainable Energy at UAF?
Hands-on learning in the sustainable energy program
Our training program in sustainable energy offers many opportunities to apply practical skills in the real world. Here are a few examples of what you can do:
- Conduct a personal energy audit to understand energy use and cost on a family and
- Learn practical steps to deploy technologically and economically feasible energy efficiency
measures and renewable energy solutions.
- Get involved in a Microgrid Boot Camp and internship with an Alaskan electric utility.
I've always envisioned Solomon as a role model in the Bering Strait Region, so we can create a template for other communities in the region to follow.Deilah Johnson is the Environmental Coordinator for the Village of Solomon, and a graduate of the sustainable energy program at UAF. With her help, the village is now one step closer to building a new Microgrid, as part of an ongoing vision to develop and innovate renewable energy that is consistent with the cultural identity of the community.
Explore Classes in the Sustainable Energy Program
This program provides a broad educational foundation based on the two pillars of sustainable energy: energy efficiency and renewable energy. The curriculum includes an overview class (Introduction to Sustainable Energy), several technology-specific renewable energy classes (such as solar, wind and biomass energy), and classes and internships related to Alaska electric utilities.
Get Started on Your Sustainable Energy Endorsement
Begin your job training program in energy conservation and sustainability. We have the resources to help you get started.
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Transferring to UAF? We can walk you through the process and help make sure you get the most out of the credits you’ve earned.