Environmental Science (ENV)

Courses

ENV 7100. What's Your Carbon Footprint?. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

As the scientific community now agrees that global warming is taking place, the question arises as to what impact humans are having on this environmental change and the increase of CO2 levels in the earth's atmosphere. Our "carbon footprint" is a measurable indication of our personal impact. The average consumer today may be overwhelmed with information but unsure as to how their personal choices contribute to the equation. This class will offer general discussions on CO2, the human factor, and how our daily choices directly and indirectly affect the environment.

ENV 7101. Urban Ecosystems. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Creating biodiversity begins with one yard - yours. Participants will learn how to provide the four elements of a wildlife habitat, food, water, shelter and places to raise young, using a variety of manmade and natural products. Topics covered include sustainable gardening, planting with native plants, soil and water stewardship, reducing lawn size and reducing chemical usage.

ENV 7102. Sustainable Housing and Building Green: What Agents Should Know. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Sustainable Housing and Building Green teaches students how to understand sustainability in homes, to recognize green features, to give clients information on green mortgages and to understand cost savings in tax breaks, rebates and incentives. This course is approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission (NCREC) for four hours of CE credit.

ENV 7103. Greening the Home Step-By-Step on a Budget. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Greening the Home teaches the student how to make cost effective, eco-friendly choices to improve the quality of the home environment. Students will be able to create a step-by-step plan within a budget for continuing this greening process in their own homes.

ENV 7104. Consumer's Guide to Building a Green Home. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

There are many things you can do as an individual and as a family, when planning a new Green home, which will make an impact in reducing your new homes carbon footprint. The actual construction of homes tends to require a lot of energy and resources. By pre-planning the necessary steps in the process, typically at minimal to no cost beginning in the design stage, a homeowner can gain significant benefits to the 3 P's: People, Planet and Pocketbook. Start by getting your family on board with the idea, then your design and building team and the transition will be a lot easier and much more fun.

ENV 7105. Worms In Your Garden: Home Vermicomposting. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Participants will learn the huge benefits of composting with worms over regular garden composting. This method can be done indoors in a small apartment, condo, or where outdoor composting is not possible. Participants will each build a simple low maintenance worm composting bin that can be taken home and, with kitchen scraps and paper, used to produce free, earth friendly and superior plant fertilizer for home and garden use. Instructions will be given in the care and continuance of the bin and worms.

ENV 7106. Ways to Live Greener at Home. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Participants will learn about energy effieciency and effective ways to lessen impact on our environment, beginning with our own homes. We will address recycling beyond paper and plastic, saving energy at home through new technologies, ways to remodel homes to save energy and money, and what to look for in a contractor. We will discuss tax incentives available, different organizations that promote green living and building such as the LEED rating system, Energy-Star and others. Discussion will include what we need to do in our communities to update neighborhood association by-laws to allow some of these more efficient systems.

ENV 7107. Home Energy Audits. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

You can easily conduct a home energy audit yourself. With a simple but diligent walk-through, you can spot many problems in any type of house. This class will teach you how and give you the tools you need.

ENV 7108. Endangered Species of the Carolinas. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals the US Endangered Species Act of 1973, The North Carolina Endangered Species ACt of 1976, and the South Carolina Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1974. Students will explore the different ecosystems that allowed species to adapt to their environments. Topics include observation and identification of threatenend and endangered spcies, along with coordination with local, state and federal agencies. Upon completion, students should be able to perform an endangered species survey.

ENV 7110. Preparing for the Green Workforce. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the information and strategies for people looking for a new career in the green economy. This includes alternative energy, skilled trades, environmental health, sustainability professionals, engineering and much more. Topics include career choices, professional goals, CPCC Sustainable Technologies Degree, interest assessment. Upon completion, students should be able to clearly state their personal, academic, and professional goals and have a feasible plan of action to achieve those goals.

ENV 7135. Environmental Bio Diesel Production. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

ENV 7135 provides a survey of the bio fuel industry and will cover biofuel production. This class is extremely relevant to students who want to make their own fuel, including the basic chemistry and time spent in the lab making and testing fuel. This class focuses primarily on biodiesel and straight vegetable oil use with a survey of other biofuels.

ENV 7200. Solar Photovoltaics for the New Clean Energy Economy. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Upon completion of this course the students shall understand the detailed functionality of Photovoltaic system components, and all common solar systems from straight water pumping to stand alone battery based systems, and grid tie PV with and without batteries. Students will be able to design and size these systems. They will see what is involved with interconnection to the utility. This course prepares students to enter the workforce as a valuable resource to a company.

ENV 7201. Consumer's Guide to Solar Power for the Home. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This class is for the homeowner considering an investment in a solar electric system who wants to be well informed. You?ll learn a lot about this topic and we?ll help you understand the basics of how a solar electric system works, how to establish how many solar panels you?ll need in your array and the approximate costs. We will discuss: photovoltaic (solar electric) technology, energy storage, energy efficiency, site requirements for PV, installation considerations, PV system sizing, PV system costs, rebates and tax incentives and working with an installer.

ENV 8000. Common Sense Buildings. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Common Sense Buildings is a one day workshop is an introduction to the key components of practical buildings and how those are best integrated into a holistic approach to construction. The course will cover the basic science behind building construction and performance. We will discuss effective building assemblies and sustainable green building best practices. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program that states professional licensure and eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.

ENV 8001. Selling Green Building without Greenwashing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This half day workshop will share marketing strategies with its participants and assist them in developing their own strategies. Participants will learn the appropriate terminology and use of information related to the LEED rating system and green building in general. The course will explore modern forms of marketing such as social networking. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program that sates professional licensure and eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam.

ENV 8002. USGBC Core Concepts and Strategies. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This workshop is intended for anyone who wants more than a basic understanding of LEED, including those with a stake in their company's or community's building practices, those directly involved in green building projects, and those pursuing GBCI's LEED Green Associate credential. The workshop provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems. It begins with an introduction to the benefits and integrative approach to green building, and a brief background on the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED, including basics of the building certification process. The core of the workshop presents LEED intents and concepts at the credit category level, across building types and rating systems, touching on strategies, synergies, and specific examples that are reinforced by real project cases. Key LEED metrics and LEED referenced standards are addressed throughout the workshop. Interactive activities within the course keep you engaged and reinforce what you've learned.

ENV 8003. Green Associate Study Group. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Designed for candidates seeking the USGBC Green Associate credential, this facilitated study group builds on core green building and LEED knowledge as outlined in the Green Associate Candidate Handbook. Instructor will facilitate preparation through engaged group and directed individual study. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

ENV 8004. Physics of Green Building. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This one day workshop covers the science behind building and building performance. Participants will learn the concepts and interactions between air, moisture and heat transfer in buildings, all critical in the proper functionality of homes. Participants receive certificate of completion at the end of the program.

ENV 8005. Residential Energy Efficiency Methods. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This one day workshop is an introduction to the key components of energy efficient buildings and how they are best integrated. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

ENV 8006. Advanced Sustainable Building: Residential. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This one day workshop is intended to convey practical, effective green building strategies. Participants will learn green building details and strategies that emphasize durability, energy efficiency and other green building principles. Participants will learn how to design or build better, greener buildings. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

ENV 8007. Green House Design and Construction. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This workshop is intended for professionals who are familiar with the basic concepts of the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System, but new to implementing it on projects or looking to brush up on implementation best practices. It is appropriate for new LEED APs, as well as those pursuing GBCI's LEED AP Building Design + Construction credential.

ENV 8008. LEED AP for Homes Study Group. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Designed for candidates seeking the USGBC LEED AP Homes credential, this facilitated study group builds on core green building and LEED knowledge as outlined in the LEED AP Homes Candidate Handbook. Instructor will facilitate preparation through engaged group and directed individual study. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

ENV 8100. Green Building Certifications. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This class provides an overview of Energy Star, LEED, Green Globes and Delos Well Building Challenge. Participants will gain knowledge to help them decide which certification program is the best fit for their company. The class will provide detailed instruction on setting up and maintaining an Energy Star profile for a property and how to apply that profile to other certifications including LEED and Green Globes. The class will provide an overview of different certifications available today and what the differences are between them. The class will also inform students on the future of Green building and what to expect in the next decade of building certifications.

ENV 8500. Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope Professional Combination Training and Certification. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course combines BPI's Building Analyst and the advanced Envelope Professional training and certification in a single week. Building Analyst is an entry certification for becoming an energy auditor or trade professional, while Envelope Professional is a specialized certification for measuring shell performance and offering solutions. These two designations can qualify your organization for BPI Company Accreditation upon application to the Institute. Ability to perform basic math and geometry calculations (a math and geometry primer is available upon request). Experience in construction trades is helpful. Instructor recommends purchasing and reading Residential Energy by John Krigger and Chris Dorsi prior to class. Students are required to register for their field exams directly with Green Collar Crew, Inc. prior to class. Exams are scheduled on a first-registered first-served basis. Email Instructor at info@greencollarcrewus.com for more information.

ENV 8700. Central Carolinas Master Naturalist Certification Program. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

The Central Carolinas Master Naturalist Program is a certification intended for lifelong learners, biology and science graduates, retirees, environmental science educators, advanced high school and home school students, as well as science teachers. This certification training course includes basic classroom and field instruction in natural history, conservation and management, teaching and research skills led by local experts.

ENV 8701. National Wildlife Foundation Habitat Steward Training. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This is a National Wildlife Federation program which teaches the intricacies of creating wildlife habitats in backyards, schools, businesses and places of worship; soil and water conservation; legislative and environmental challenges in a specific area; native and invasive plants and their roles in the environment; and much more. You will learn a lifetime of conservation facts from a number of topic experts. This information will change the way you view the natural world and give you all the tools you need to make a real difference in your landscape and in shaping our community's future. Graduates will be asked to donate time to a special project in Charlotte, it's NWF Community Wildlife Habitat Certification.

ENV 8725. Rain Garden Design for the Home Gardener. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Enhance your home landscape while improving water quality in your community by installing a rain garden in your landscape. Rain gardens are landscape features that harvest rain, provide water for plants, and save landscape maintenance costs. This rain garden design course is directed to homeowners who enjoy being engaged in their own landscape design and maintenance. After completion of the course, a homeowner will be able to design and install a rain garden in their home landscape. Students will learn the major benefits and methods for design and installation Topics covered will be soils, soil amendments, mulches, inflow design, outflow design, proper sizing of a rain garden, plants best suited for a rain garden and maintenance of rain gardens. There will also be a brief overview of other ways to use stormwater or gray water in home landscapes such as rain barrels and cisterns, and outdoor gray water systems.