CE250 – Introduction to Sustainable Infrastructure

This course introduces civil, construction, and environmental engineering students to the three pillars of sustainability and how they relate to infrastructure.  The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to civil infrastructure, careers in engineering,
engineering problem solving, and social, economic, and environmental sustainability assessment. To accomplish these objectives, the course uses multi-disciplinary case-studies presented by faculty throughout the department.

CE497/CE596 – Renewable Energy & the Grid

The objective of this course is to aid students in the development of skills, practical tools, and a knowledge base useful for careers in the energy sector, spanning project development, utilities, research, government, and environmental non-profits. This course will build an understanding of the technical, economic, and policy issues related to renewable electricity development and grid integration. Projects and problem sets will be structured from the point of view of various stakeholders and intended to introduce skills and concepts that environmental professionals employ.   Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to critically evaluate options for generation development and policies which impact the power sector.

The course will be structured to cover the following: Renewable generating technologies; renewable markets, incentives, and regulations; emissions controls; grid operations and renewable integration; generation project development.

CE796 – Environmental Life Cycle Assessment

In CE796: Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, we use a project-based approach to learn advanced life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and develop competency in key software tools and datasets.  LCA is a systems-based method to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, and disposal or recycling. LCA can identify high impact actions to reduce environmental impacts of a process or product, as well as inform product selection when considering environmental outcomes. Topics covered include impact assessment methods, consequential versus attributional LCA, recycling allocation rules, and uncertainty analysis.

NRE550/STRATEGY566: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development and Enterprise

  • Students will develop critical skills in global systems thinking, with global defined as relating to the entire world, as well as embracing all considerations of complex systems.
  • Students will develop skills in system dynamics modeling using STELLA software.
  • Students will develop awareness in issues related to global environmental and social change.
  • Students will build an understanding of sustainable human development and enterprise

Maple Ride Wind Farm in Lowville, New York photo credit: Michelene Johnson

Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville, New York
photo credit: Michelene Johnson