Sustainability Technologies

The Sustainability Technologies curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in solar energy installation and design, renewable energy, energy management, sustainable construction, corporate sustainability, environmental monitoring, and related industries. Major emphasis is placed on minimizing impact on the natural environment while increasing social capital, and promoting sustainable economics.

Course work includes: environmental monitoring, solar technologies, green building practices, energy auditing and management, safety, problem solving, and landscape analysis. Computer application addresses the construction, modeling and analysis of specific scenarios relating to creating a sustainable environment.

Graduates should qualify for numerous positions within the solar energy, renewable energy, green building, energy management, design, and engineering industry. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: solar energy technicians, solar energy designers, sustainability technicians, energy auditors, environmental engineering technicians, construction management and renewable energy specialists.

For specific information about potential positions and wages in Sustainability Technologies employment, visit the Central Piedmont Career Coach website.

Sustainability Technologies (A40370)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science degree – Sustainability Technologies is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Central Piedmont placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental classes in mathematics and English courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • Counseling and orientation appointments follow placement testing.
  • Students should see a faculty advisor before registration.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.


Students who do not take program-related courses for a one-year period must re-enter the program under requirements of the college catalog in effect at the time of re-entry.

Contact Information

Sustainability Technologies is in the Science Division. For more information, contact the Program Chair, Matt Miller, at 704.330.6836 or visit the Sustainability Technologies page on the Science website.

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select one of the following:3.0
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Precalculus Algebra
Calculus I
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Requirements
ENV 110Environmental Science3.0
SST 110Introduction to Sustainability3.0
SST 120Energy Use Analysis3.0
SST 210Issues in Sustainability3.0
ENV 110AEnvironmental Science Laboratory1.0
ENV 226Environmental Law3.0
ARC 114Architectural CAD2.0
SST 250Sustainability Capstone Project3.0
ARC 225Architectural Building Information Modeling I2.0
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3.0
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1.0
LID 111Low Impact Development Design Principles3.0
or ELC 111 Introduction to Electricity
Energy/Bldng Track
Complete one of two groups (See below)12.0
Technical Electives
Select 7 credits from the following:7.0
Green Building and Design Concepts
Introduction to Architectural Technology
Entrepreneurship I
Small Business Management
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Earth Science
Physical Geography I
World Regional Geography
Physical Geology
Environmental Geology
Biofuels I
Construction Materials & Methods
Construction Estimating
Sustainable Development
Introduction to Landscape Architecture Technology
Residential Landscape Design
Engineering and Design Graphics
Machine Processes I
Manufacturing Processes I
Engineering Materials
Environmental Biology
Environmental Biology Lab
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry Lab
Organic and Biochemistry
Surveying II
HVACR Electricity
Heating Technology
Comfort Cooling
DC/AC Electricity
Residential Wiring
National Electrical Code
Print Reading-Construction
Planning and Scheduling
Costs and Productivity
Introduction to Architectural Technology
Intro to Sustain Design
Environmental Systems
Introduction to Carpentry
Residential Building Codes
Soils and Foundations
Database Concepts
Environmental Health
Land Resource Management
Georeferencing & Mapping
Engineering Mechanisms
Physics-Electricity & Magnetism
Surveying I
Construction Management Fundamentals
Print Reading-Construction
Surveying III
Advanced Photovoltaic System Designs
Construction Materials & Methods
Subdivision Planning & Design
Introduction to Environmental Technology
Photovoltaic System Technology
Wind and Hydro Power Systems
Statics/Strength of Mater
Hydrology & Erosion Control
Engineering Mechanisms
Introduction to GIS
Air Photo Interpretation
Remote Sensing
General Biology I
Total Credits67

Energy/Bldng Tracks

Group 1

ALT 120Renewable Energy Technologies3.0
SST 130Modeling Renewable Energy3.0
ALT 250Thermal Systems3.0
ELC 220Photovoltaic System Technology3.0
Total Credits12

Group 2

CST 111Construction I4.0
CST 150Building Science3.0
CMT 120Codes and Inspections3.0
SST 140Green Building and Design Concepts3.0
Total Credits13

No diplomas are offered in Sustainability Technologies.

Sustainability Technology Certificates (C40370)

Sustainability Technologies Certificate – Specialization in Renewable Energy (C40370-C1)

Major Requirements
SST 110Introduction to Sustainability3.0
SST 120Energy Use Analysis3.0
SST 130Modeling Renewable Energy3.0
ELC 220Photovoltaic System Technology3.0
ALT 120Renewable Energy Technologies3.0
Total Credits15

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Sustainability Technologies Certificate – Specialization in Energy and the Environment (C40370-C5)

Major Requirements
SST 110Introduction to Sustainability3.0
SST 120Energy Use Analysis3.0
ALT 120Renewable Energy Technologies3.0
ENV 110Environmental Science3.0
ENV 110AEnvironmental Science Laboratory1.0
ENV 226Environmental Law3.0
Total Credits16

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SST 110. Introduction to Sustainability. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces sustainability issues and individual contributions toward environmental sustainability. Topics include management processes needed to maximize renewable/non-renewable energy resources, economics of sustainability, and reduction of environmental impacts. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss sustainability practices and demonstrate an understanding of their effectiveness and impacts.

SST 120. Energy Use Analysis. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principles of analyzing energy use, energy auditing tools and techniques, conservation techniques, and calculating energy savings. Topics include building system control theory, calibrating digital controls, energy loss calculations, and applicable conservation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of energy use, audits, and controls in the analysis of energy consumption.

SST 130. Modeling Renewable Energy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces software and other technologies used for modeling renewable energy systems. Topics include renewable energy modeling software applications, data analysis, renewable energy sources, and cost of renewable energy systems. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to model the effectiveness of renewable energy systems.

SST 140. Green Building and Design Concepts. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to sustainable building design and construction principles and practices. Topics include sustainable building rating systems and certifications, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable building materials and water use. Upon completion, students should be able to identify the principles and practices of sustainable building design and construction.

SST 210. Issues in Sustainability. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the long-term impacts and difficulties of applying sustainability concepts in an organization, business, or society. Topics include the application of sustainable technologies and the analysis of affordability, efficiencies, recycling, and small and large-scale design. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize the possible limitations of sustainable technologies and be prepared to reconcile such conflicts.

Prerequisites: Take SST 110

SST 250. Sustainability Capstone Project. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces an integrated team approach to a sustainability topic of interest to students, faculty, or professional community. Topics include problem identification, proposal preparation, conceptual design, and an effective project work schedule. Upon completion, students should be able to integrate the many facets of a topic based on environmental sustainability into a completed project.

Prerequisites: Take SST 110